Farm Moved the chicks outside.

DazedandConfused

Veteran Member
Finished the chicken coop today and moved the chicks outside. I put a heat lamp in the coop and will do so for about another week . Got all my breeder rabbits and hutches finished .
Next project will be building a grow out cage for the bunnies and get my Quail cage built. A friend is hatching out 25-30 birds for me at no cost .
 

West

Senior nut
Good stuff/birds.

Noted scratchfeed in my AO is almost $10 for 40# sack. Thinking in another year that might be cheap.

Our naighbor (we give eggs to them) gave us 10 pullets about six weeks ago, 4 died with in a week. Last week I let them out of the nursery in the coop, after I shut the light off for a few days.

Our coop is mostly open for the birds to leave the coop as they please, but they do get feed there once a day and they do roost in the coop.

So far the six are still alive as of a hour ago. The other 15 or so hens and 4 roos, seemed to of showed them the ropes, even though they all peck at the youngins when they get to close
 

sssarawolf

Has No Life - Lives on TB
Great news from you! We will be getting ducks soon, someone is giving them to us, already laying and as I can only eat duck, goose or turkey eggs, good deal Lucille.
 
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West

Senior nut
how warm does it have to be at nite before you can put chicks outside?
We just dis ours at 6-7 weeks, so far so good, it's gotten down in the 50s at night. And we only use 100watt regular incandescent bulbs but our nursery is insulated and has a small room (18"×18"×14") with the light and a hardwarecloth attached run approximately 36"×36" off the ground, but in the coop with the other chickens, let snake proof nursery.
 

DazedandConfused

Veteran Member
how warm does it have to be at nite before you can put chicks outside?
New hatchling need to be kept around 95 degrees for the first two weeks then slowing drop the temp around 5 degrees a week till they feather out. Once they feather out its normally safe to put them outside. I keep a light on them till they completely feather out. Outside with a light around 50 degrees is good.
 

bbbuddy

DEPLORABLE ME
I tried an experiment with 4 chicks this spring. I had a bad hatch, only 4 out of 14, probably because of fluctuating room temps (I turned off the heater early because I like to sleep in a cool house).

Anyway, with only 4, I transferred them to an old Styrofoam incubator and didn't plug it in, so they've only had food and water in there, no heat. And it gets down in the low 60s at night inside. They are now 12 days old.. They are doing fine, in fact they are the quietest chicks I've ever had, seem happy and content without the heat. Interesting.

BTW, I once hatched 3 eggs by keeping them on the stove over the pilot light in a bowl with a washcloth under and over them!
Of course I moved the bowl off the stove when I cooked. They hatched on time and healthy.
 

zeker

Veteran Member
BTW, I once hatched 3 eggs by keeping them on the stove over the pilot light in a bowl with a washcloth under and over them!
Of course I moved the bowl off the stove when I cooked. They hatched on time and healthy.
interesting.. ty
 
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