Main Takeaways:

  • It should be at least 70-75 degrees and SUNNY before you let chicks outside
  • You can start letting them outside in very safe areas as soon as 48 hours after hatching
  • Never, ever let them outside if there’s a chance of rain, you will leave, if there’s dogs, or if the temperature will drop below 70 degrees
  • Temperatures over 95 degrees should be avoided, especially in direct sunlight
  • Direct sun and shade is ok in temperatures 70 – 80 degrees, keep chicks in shade if it’s over 80 degrees
  • Provide plenty of water and food
  • Keep them in a contained area, no larger than a few feet.
  • Keep a consistent eye on them
  • Lots of chicks LOVE going outside and it’s good for their development

 

Additional reading:

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