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

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    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

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    At 5 weeks old they are usually completly feathered!!
     
  3. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A lot depends on the temperature where you live.
     
  4. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    IDK since mine aren't done feathering but I believe that the head feathers come in last.
     
  5. Carolyn227

    Carolyn227 Out Of The Brooder

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    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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