When to Put in Outside Brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by merrymutts, Mar 31, 2018.

  1. merrymutts

    merrymutts Songster

    Having some work done in our house this coming week and I have some baby chicks in one room in a makeshift brooder. 4 of chicks are close to 4 weeks old and the others are about 2 weeks old. Temps are going to be cool this week but want to know if it would be safe to put older chicks in outside brooder ( has a heat light and shavings ) and just keep the smaller chicks inside for right now. Some of the work is being done in the room where I have the chicks.
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Provided the outside brooder provides appropriate shelter and security they canall go out. Many of us brood outdoors from day 1
  3. merrymutts

    merrymutts Songster

    I think it does and I can always toss a blanket over the baby coop at night time to block any cold winds
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

    Nov 7, 2012
    Is it predator and weather proof?
  5. merrymutts

    merrymutts Songster

    yes it is; we normally keep the upper doors open when adults free range so they can have a place to roost if I have missed them when the main pen gate is closed

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