When Can Chicks Go Outside To The Coop?
When can chicks go outside the the coop? This will depend on where you live and the average seasonal temperature in that area. Chicks can go outside safely and worry free when the temperature inside of the chicken coop is 40-45 degrees, they have reached 8 weeks old and are fully feathered.
Chicks feather out at different ages so 8 weeks is just a rough estimate. Watch your chicks closely, monitor the temperature inside the grow out pen to make sure they have been subjected to temperatures within 5 degrees of what it will be outside in the chicken coop.
Pictured above– our fully feathered chicks about to go outside to the coop!
If chicks are close to being fully feathered and it is cold in your area, start decreasing the temperature in their grow out pen to within 5 degrees of the outside temperature. This will minimize the shock when moved outside.
Once the chicks are fully feathered and moved outside, watch the weather for drastic dips in temperature. If the weather calls for a very cold, windy day leave them inside the chicken coop. Chicks are at risk when exposed to drafts.
As a general rule of thumb I say either rain, cold or wind is alright as long as they are not exposed to a combination of these. For example– if it is cold and rainy, leave them in. If it is cold and windy, leave them in. If it is raining, but warm I open their coop door. Once temperatures stay above 55 during the day and over night, I don’t worry much anymore.