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I'm going to take a middle position and neither recommend you get peeps now nor wait until spring.  What I have found works for me in incubating my own eggs is to have peeps hatch from January through February.  You can brood them normally and as the weather warms decrease temperature.  The advantage to hatching chicks in this time frame is that they all seem to start laying early, from the four to the five month mark, even if their mothers didn't lay until 6-8 months.

     As daylight increases they start laying, even when young. 

     Consequently I've had chicks hatched in late April to May not start laying until well past the winter solstice when the days start lengthening again.

      My February chicks were all laying by July while I've gotten nothing from my spring chicks, which were broody hatched.  I certainly hope they don't wait for the days to lengthen to start.

 



Well that makes a lot of sense. Thanks for the suggestion!
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Originally Posted by Jerucapofisrael View Post

Thanks for your post. I've had them outside in a hen house for a week now, they seem to be doing well. We covered the entrance to the ' downstairs' of the hen house thinking what if they get hurt going down the 'stairs' - they are about 5-6 weeks now, all feathered. Does anyone think it's a bad idea to open up the downstairs? Thanks!

At 5 - 6 weeks old, they should be fully feathered, weaned from extra heat, and aside from needing lots of protection from predators, they should be able to come and go from their coop into a secure run.  Time to cut those apron strings, and watch them grow up!!! 

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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