When to put my chicks outside

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by paigeandclyde, May 24, 2011.

  1. paigeandclyde

    paigeandclyde Out Of The Brooder

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    I got my chicks May 27th and they were about a week old. now they're a little over a month old, and seem to be outgrowing their coop. when do i put them in the outside coop i have for them? here are their pictures taken today to get an idea of how big they are:
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  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    I assume you got them April 27th? Am I right to assume 5 weeks old?

    If so, and by the photos, they are good to go. No problem.
     
  3. paigeandclyde

    paigeandclyde Out Of The Brooder

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    oops yes that's what i meant
    but at a month old can they really stay outside without a heat lamp? it's not that cold here but still
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    A little extra at night wouldn't hurt. Maybe a 100 watt bulb, just to take the chill off. At 6 weeks, they won't even want that.
     
  5. KaneMoa

    KaneMoa Out Of The Brooder

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    They should be fine. Unless it gets below 50 I always put em out at 1 month old. I like to limit their time under the light, it seems to stress them somewhat. I feel they stay awake too much, consume too much, get pasty butt and seem to be very nervous, if left under a light for too long. Kinda like a weekend in Vegas with no rest and over indulgence. Lol. The quicker you get them on a natural schedule the better.
     

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