When will they be big enough to sleep outside without a warming light?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Carolyn227, May 1, 2011.

  1. Carolyn227

    Carolyn227 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 30, 2011
    I don't have electricity outside of my house so if we put a warming light outside, my door will have to be ajar all night. I'd rather just wait until they're big enough to sleep outdoors. How will I know when they're ready? They have a lot of adult feathers already. How will I be able to tell if they're done getting their feathers? I'm not sure how old they are exactly as my friend raised them for me until a few days ago. For now they're indoors in a cage.
  2. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

    Sep 20, 2009
    Pride, La.
    At 5 weeks old they are usually completly feathered!!
  3. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    A lot depends on the temperature where you live.
  4. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    IDK since mine aren't done feathering but I believe that the head feathers come in last.
  5. Carolyn227

    Carolyn227 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 30, 2011
    Lows are in the 40s, highs are in the upper 50s to low 60s right now. There is still a chance of freezing until June, but usually there's no more freezing days after late April or mid May.

    I asked my friend who got them for me and she has to double check but she thinks they're 5 or 6 weeks old. They still look funny with their feathers coming in.

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