When to move out the chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by henry19952, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. henry19952

    henry19952 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 18, 2010
    Tallahassee, FL
    I received 16 Buff Orpington hens from Mt. Healthy and they are now 1 1/2 weeks old. We live in North Florida, and the weather varies from the high 70's to low 30's. When is it O.K. to move them out to the the coop (Which is open faced on one side)? THEY ARE MESSY!!!
  2. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2010
    North Florida
    Hi! Welcome to BYC. I am in North Florida too. I just today got two six week old silkies and they were still using a heat lamp so I bought one also. They are not right under it but they still seem to need it. I would think they will need to be weened from it? Consider this a bump up for someone more experienced to chime in.
  3. Blondie

    Blondie Chillin' With My Peeps

    They can go outside now. Put a heat lamp in the corner of the coop. You may want to wrap the bottom 3 feet of the open part of the coop with a plastic tarp or something so they are out of the draft. (Get a plastic drop cloth at wal-mart or home depot for $4 in the paint dept) The draft will kill them. They will gravitate to the heat lamp when they need to be warm. You'll only need the heat lamp until they are about 5 or 6 weeks old.
  4. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 19, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    I don't like having a heat lamp in coop- too much fire hazard. I move my babies out to the coop when they are full feathered, after 2 weeks I wean them off the heatlamp during the day and then when they have all feathers they go outside with no supplemental heat. Make sure they are always draft free though. [​IMG]
  5. chkinut

    chkinut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2010
    Leesburg, Ohio
    i got about 9 chicks back in April of this year....and i put them outside 24/7 when they were 4 weeks old.....no heat lamp...... and they did great! they had each other for warmth....just as chicks will have a mother hen. i had no problem.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2010

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