When Can Chicks Go Outside?

How long do chicks need a heat lamp and what does "fully feathered" mean?

When can chicks go outside? Chicks can go out permanently when “fully feathered,” meaning all fluff has been replaced by true plumage. If even the neck still has fluff, brooder babies aren’t ready to sleep outside. Until then, use this chart as a guide for your babies in your specific climate.

The six-week timeline has exceptions. If chicks are ill with coccidiosis or respiratory troubles, wait for them to get better before making them undergo the stress of transition.

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