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How to raise chickens 3 weeks old now

Normally you birds should stay inside under a heat lamp for the first 5-6 weeks. But we have had unusually warm weather this spring so I took the chicks outside at 3 weeks. I have built a pen for all my birds and they now stay together. At night the little ones stay with the big birds and do just fine. In nature, the babies will stay under the wings of their mother for warmth. They do love to forage for bugs and worms though. Keeping the chicks outdoors is also a lot less work. The cage indoors was constantly getting smelly and had to be cleaned a couple times a week. Keep them safe from predators though. That is the main danger. Hawks especially can suddenly drop down and take a bird before you know it. Raccoons, skunks, owls, hawks, possums and just about everything else loves to eat baby chickens. Your pen should be safe from entry and you should close the door to their coop at night for safety so nothing creeps inside.
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