First day outside!

Lydia sits in the pen for the first hour and I introduces her chicks to the great outdoors.

Lydia sits in the pen for the first hour and I introduces her chicks to the great outdoors.

Our first grow outs of the year have feathered out, and the weather is now mild enough to put the grow outs in our portable pen.  

This new venture is always a little stressful for all of us!  We worry about our new little chicks, and they have to figure out what this new, exciting place is all about.  

I get asked all the time about temperatures and moving chicks outside.  Some breeds (Marans, Orpingtons) are slow to feather.  I find that when they have feathered out, are comfortable at room temp, and night time temps for your area wont go below 40 degrees, you can put them outside. It helps to have a larger number of chicks so they can keep themselves warm.  I never put heat lamps or heaters out there.  

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