When to put Cornish X outside?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Farmerbetsy, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. Farmerbetsy

    Farmerbetsy In the Brooder

    Oct 13, 2007
    Ours are 22 days old and making a disgusting mess of our spare bathtub. Not the brightest birds in the flock. We want to stick them outside in their own tractor with a heat lamp. How old do they need to be before they can go outside? I know people are particular about putting out their layers, but, what about broilers? These seem kind of dumb and aggressive...
  2. Peruvian

    Peruvian Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    If temps are generally staying in the high 30s-low 40s at night and warming up during they day, I think you would be okay with them outside under a heat lamp or two.
  3. jaku

    jaku Songster

    Oh God, in your bathtub?!?!?! Put them outside RIGHT NOW!! They're ok after about three weeks as long as your temps are mild. If it's still cold where you live, throw a heat lamp out with them.
  4. Farmerbetsy

    Farmerbetsy In the Brooder

    Oct 13, 2007
    It's our SPARE bathtub. But it does smell horrific in there. I think my hubby spent yesterday trying to get the chicken tractor ready to move to its new location, and we plan to put them out this weekend. Spending 20 minutes a day cleaning up after stinky chicks is not my favorite activity. [​IMG]
  5. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    Our were put outside this week without a heat lamp and they are 3 weeks old. They are in a recycled rabbit hutch so they are old of the weather, but can get sunshine. The highs are in the 60s and the lows in the 40s.
  6. jaku

    jaku Songster

    Quote:Spare bathtub or spare house, put them outside!!!
  7. emsevers

    emsevers Songster

    Nov 30, 2008
    Carlton, OR
    I just put mine outside at 3 weeks old. We had ours in the garage and it was overwhelming. I can't even imagine them in the house. I have a heat lamp on them and they are doing great. I would say they are actually moving around more that they are outside. I was afraid they would huddle up under a heat lamp with their food and never move, but they're doing great.
  8. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Songster

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
    In early November I put some out in a coop at 3 days old. Draft-free and with a heat lamp of course. They did just fine.

    Granted we have milder weather here in NC than some parts of the country. But still, we get plenty of nights at freezing temps during that time of year.

    ETA: Oh, and I feel your pain. No way in heck could I tolerate them in the house, anywhere. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2009
  9. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Songster

    Apr 29, 2007
    10-21 days depending on the temperature... Where are you located?
  10. pixiechic

    pixiechic Songster

    Apr 23, 2008
    North GA
    I'm in North GA and trying to figure out the same thing. I need to separate my two 3-week-old meat birds from the rest of the chicks so I can cut back on their feed, but we have a full garage already - the brooder is full of chicks, and our extra dog crate has a broody hen and her chicks in it.

    These Cornish Rocks are huge, but I know they are still too small to go in with the big chickens. We have a small outdoor coop that is currently unoccupied and would provide good shelter, but it's still pretty cold here at night - 35-54 predicted for the next ten nights. Would they be OK out there if we can rig up a heat lamp for night time? Here's the little coop:

    Last edited: Apr 1, 2009

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