When to move the chicks to screened porch?

LadwoodFarm

Chirping
8 Years
Jun 2, 2011
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Hi, I'm new to the forum. Hoping someone can help me decide when to move the chicks from a box in the basement to a bigger box on our screened porch. They are almost able to flutter out of the box downstairs (chicken wire cover prevents that), and the new box outside is deeper, and had chicken wire over the top too. The chicks are 3 weeks old now, and days are warm in central NJ (80's)' nights are low 70's and of course we can put the heat lamp with them. What do you guys think, should I put them out there yet as an interim step before the coop?
 
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Fritatta

Chirping
8 Years
May 16, 2011
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1
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Woodstock, GA
Quote:yes! go sit out in the grass and let them wander around you. its bonding time! bring treats, maybe a scrambled egg. They will love you!

just be sure to monitor the temp. the will die very quickly in this heat.
 

debid

Crowing
9 Years
Jan 20, 2011
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You'll probably find that you can leave the heat lamp off during the day. I was shutting mine down at 80 degrees at the start of 3 weeks and 75 not long after that. I put my brooder on the covered porch from day 1 -- with a heat lamp, it's perfectly fine for them to be outdoors in much cooler temps than anything you'll see this time of year. And really, you'll only need another week or two with the lamp at night before they're done with supplemental heat altogether.
 

dewey

Songster
9 Years
Nov 9, 2010
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You could always put a thermometer in the porch brooder to find out the actual brooder temps day and night before moving them. Even if it gets chilly they'd probably be fine in a big brooder with a lamp on one end for when they need it, as long as it doesn't heat the entire brooder and they can move well away from the heat when they don't want it. 100 degrees for the first week, dropping 5 degrees per each week of age after that is what I've always went by. I'd think the temps of 70 would be a little chilly for 3 week olds, especially if there'll be any breezes on porch.
 

LadwoodFarm

Chirping
8 Years
Jun 2, 2011
27
1
94
Thanks, everyone! We moved them to the screened porch 'condo' and they seem very happy, maybe a little chilly at first but the heat lamp has been lowered and that did the trick! As soon as I figure out how to attach pics here, will show you!
 

dewey

Songster
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Can hardly wait to see their pics! I've been needin' a chick fix in the worst way, lol.

eta: tinypic or photobucket links work great.
 
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Ladav10

In the Brooder
Jun 28, 2020
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You'll probably find that you can leave the heat lamp off during the day. I was shutting mine down at 80 degrees at the start of 3 weeks and 75 not long after that. I put my brooder on the covered porch from day 1 -- with a heat lamp, it's perfectly fine for them to be outdoors in much cooler temps than anything you'll see this time of year. And really, you'll only need another week or two with the lamp at night before they're done with supplemental heat altogether.
Mine will be on screened porch tonight for the first time, there are 12 In the brooder and I have a light. It does have a top with wire covering. I’m just so terrified something will break into the porch and get the top off or under it.
 

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