when to put out in the chicken tractor? Help?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 4urbanchicks, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. 4urbanchicks

    4urbanchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Our chickens are at 75 degrees w/heat lamp in the brooder, and are mostly feathered out (except for their heads) at 4 weeks. When do you think we could put them out in the top portion of our chicken tractor, without a heat lamp? We were thinking the fully enclosed portion with the ramp in the upright position would be warmer for them at least for a week or so, until they got used to the outside temps. Our temperatures here are 50 degrees at night, 60-70 degrees during the day.

    Here is our tractor.

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  2. sian

    sian Out Of The Brooder

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    I keep mine in until they are 6 weeks, in VA, not sure where you are....
     
  3. dixiedoodle10

    dixiedoodle10 Out Of The Brooder

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    6 weeks is usually when we put ours out. We like for them to have all their feathers.
     
  4. 4urbanchicks

    4urbanchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I am in Washington State, approximately 20 minutes north of Portland, Oregon.
     
  5. 4urbanchicks

    4urbanchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Would it work to put a heat lamp in the top part of the tractor, or would it be too hard to regulate the temperature?
     
  6. SubmarineChick

    SubmarineChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so glad you asked this question! My chicks are about 4 weeks old and are at about 75 degrees and I've been contemplating when I can safely move them out to their henhouse. I live in Western Washington, about an hour West of Seattle. I think I'm going to put them in a sectioned off part of the henhouse with their heat lamp and see how it goes. Any other Pacific Northwest chicken people with answers???
     
  7. Orchid

    Orchid Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 10, 2010
    North Central MN
    I'm glad you asked this as well. My chicks are 4 - 4 1/2 weeks old and the temps here are about the same, both in their brooder and outdoors, as yours. I'm afraid if I put a heat lamp in my coop, it's going to get too warm.

    Hopefully we will all get some answers! [​IMG]
     
  8. 7cutechix

    7cutechix Out Of The Brooder

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    I put mine out at 6 weeks. They were fine. Last year's and this years! I was nervous but they were ok!
     
  9. Hennypen

    Hennypen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is 3 weeks old enough for Georgia? I can put a heat lamp out in the coop for heat at night.
     

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