what’s considererd “fully feathered”? Can they be outside full-time?

I have a couple of questions as a first time chick owner!
I am debating starting to leave my chicks outside full time. They are suppose to be 7 wks old in couple of days, but my understanding was they should be fully feathered at 6 wks? I wouldn’t consider them fully feathered?? Or am I wrong? They go out in the coop during the day and I bring them in at night since I got them at 4 wks old. We just had a cool front come in and our lows are in the 50s at night. Can they handle that?

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Dian Hern
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Dian Hern

They should be fully feathered and can go out between 50-60 degrees thereafter.

Brandy Self Nash
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Brandy Self Nash

I’m only a couple years into the chicken thing(well my husband does it but I suffer lol) but he would say that’s too cold for his babies. We had some chicks in our big garden tub in the bathroom that they outgrew so he made them a big ol box and set it on the back deck with their light in it. All nice and cozy so when it rains they won’t get wet. I’m over here saying just put them out with the big girls lol. 50 isn’t bad. We’re in Arkansas. But I can’t wait to follow others… Read more »

Debbie Watson Kropp
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Debbie Watson Kropp

Full feathering is usually about 8 weeks. If you look closely, you may see some feathers are still encased in a waxy sheath. It flakes off, and feathers fluff out. They come in really fast, so they go thru a lot of feed! Protein fuels growth!

Debbie Gower
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Debbie Gower

Chick feed til they start laying. Layer food has to much calcium for the baby’s it can cause kidney problems.

Elizabeth Hemmi McMahon
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Elizabeth Hemmi McMahon

that is valid I’ve been doing it this long what another week until it gets back in the 60s just to be safe. I just worry they are getting to crowded in the box

Colleen G Casey
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Colleen G Casey

I live in Wisconsin. What I did was built a brooder in the hen house for my 6 week olds and have a heater set at 60. I took the heater and lowered it 5 degrees about every 4 days. When it 40 degrees for 3 days I then turned off the heater. By the time the chick were 8 weeks old they were outside in the separate run from the older ones due to size differences. They are now 17 weeks and they’re doing great with the flock.

Tina Marie Romero
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Tina Marie Romero

We watch the weather last spring we put our first and second batch in the coop early they huddle at night to keep warm and when we had an out of season cold night we put the heat lamp in there to keep them cozy.

Prestina Crowe
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Prestina Crowe

Not letting them out before being fully feathered is this because of outside temperature?? Newbie here? We’ve let ours out it’s 80-90 here. Short periods of time.