When can I put my chicks outside and/or with the adult chickens?
*Learn more here about caring for new baby chicks in their brooder.
Here is a great guideline for graduating chicks in each stage:
Brooder: Hatch-6 weeks. Don't put all ages together..for example if you have 1 weeks chicks they shouldn't go in with 4 week chicks.
Do brooders need to be indoors?
No, depending on outside temps, their brooder, and the set up for protection brooders can be indoors or outdoors. Just make sure they have access to heat for adequate warmth per age guidelines. Also, be sure it's not too hot for them and they're in shade or they can die from heat exhaust. Never keep their food and water under heated areas. They should be in the coolest spots in the brooder.
What is a brooder, grow out and adult area?
Brooder is like a tote or anything small just intended for chicks up to 6 weeks of age.
Learn more about brooder care here.
Grow out pen is a separate area where chicks 6 weeks up to 4 months, usually outside or in a barn, are able to grow until desired size/age to be introduced to flock.
This can be the only coop and run you have properly secured if these are your first chickens. If you already have adult chickens you can use an outdoor dog kennel properly secured with temporary coop, sectioned off area in the main chickens coop if large enough, or appropriately built and sized chicken cages, chicken tractor, etc...
I actually have multiple brooders and grow outs as I raise chickens every month so must accommodate based on ages/sizes.
But I'm a poultry farmer. For those who simply raise chickens for themselves..usually only one of each is needed.
Adult Area is the main chicken coop and run accommodating the full grown chickens.