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Hi I just received one day old baby chicks and I was wondering when we was it a perfect time to put them outside in the coop I'm thinking it will be maybe November when at that time where I'm located our temperatures might be 20° will they be fine in the coop
10/16/2016 9:04 PM report abuse

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Survived our first winter in Montana. Girls did well even when it got to -22.
Chicks are fully feathered at 8 weeks old. At that age they can keep themselves warm. However, you can't just put them out all of a sudden. Starting at about 6 weeks old the chicks should be outside for short times. The time outside gets longer as they get older.

I know of a lady who keeps her new chicks outside. She uses a heating pad. It's the type of heating pad that doesn't turn off after a couple hours. She places it on a frame she builds out of wire. The sides of the frame are down on the ground with the front raised so the chicks can get in and get warm, think curved. As the chicks grow the frame needs raised higher. The advantage is that the chicks have a normal wake/sleep cycle. They get out from under the pad to eat and drink and run around. When they get cold they can get under the pad again. The heating pad imitates how they would get warm under a hen.
11/6/2016 1:32 PM report abuse