Raising Winter Chicks in Phoenix

Ready to Move your Chicks Outside? No Problem!

TBN Ranch Chicken Keeping Resources

When Can Chicks Be Moved Outside?

It’s a good guess you have your new chicks in a box in the house or garage and are watching them quickly outgrow their safe haven of comfort and warmth.

At about 6-7 weeks old they are becoming a handful, looking a bit crowded in their quarters, and you’ve had enough of keeping up with the mess. I understand your dilemma and have good news for you. We live in Phoenix! With mild winter temperatures, even at 6-7 weeks your chicks will be fine outside with the right housing accommodations. However, first you’ll want to lower the temperature in their brooder over the next few days to get them used to cooler temperatures.

Six weeks old

A suitable coop for 6-7 weeks old chicks is something that will protect them from wind and rain. If your coop is drafty, a large tarp will do…

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Raising Chickens in Cold Country

As a desert dweller, I won’t even attempt to give advice on winter chicken keeping. However…  this article by City Girl Farming is a good resource for those raising chickens in cold country.

 Raising Chickens (In The Winter)

Phoenix Winter Chicken Coop

Cooler weather is on the way and that means it’s time to prepare the chicken coop for inclement temperatures. Arizona winters are mild, I use an elevated dog house packed with hay for their shelter from wind and rain. As an added measure of protection I hang tarps on three sides of their run. They are free run during the day, but come night they all return to the coop and the gate is closed behind them till morning.

This is coop is considered adequate for mild winters where temperatures rarely drop below freezing.

South coop with new tarps…
and of course, new fall flowers!