When to move chicks to outdoor pen with fall weather?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by gatrapper, Oct 29, 2015.

  1. gatrapper

    gatrapper Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey Y'all,

    I have a group of chicks and ducks. The ducks are 4 weeks old and the chickens are 8 and 6 weeks old.

    Right now I am keeping them in their chicken tractor that is parked in the garage with no heat lamp. The garage is usually 60-70 degrees.

    At what age can my chicks and ducks start handling weather in the 30-40 degree range?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Probably now. Ducks handle cold earlier than chicks and your chicks are ready.

    Good job on slowly acclimating them.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I moved my 4-5 week pullets outside with no heat when the night temps were in the mid 40s and they did fine. Your birds are good to go out now. I'd start putting them out during the day and maybe bring them in at night for a few days, if that works for you. Then just leave them out all night. They'll usually make a big fuss at bedtime when they're in a new place, just leave them to figure it out and they'll settle down.
     

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