This is my first post on BYC but have been following the website for over a year, thank you to all posters for the great advice on here. I am not new to chickens, I got my first chickens May 2014. But as many of you know sometimes we just want more. So against all infinite wisdom i purchased some new chicks back in September.
In the flock i have two Silkie Bantams, two Easter Eggers, two Speckled Sussex, and two Australorp.
Today is November 5 and I have this
My questions are:
1) Do the chicks above look fully feathered. I know this is important before moving them outside.
2) Did I make a mistake with bantams? They may not be as winter hardy as the others so should they stay in longer? I would rather not separate the chicks, safety in numbers.
3) With temperatures below freezing is it still to early to put out even if fully feathered. (They will be 7 weeks old on the 9th of November.) If i put in the coop i will have supplemental heating.
4) What is the best way to integrate the new chicks to the 3 hens I already have. 2 Orpington's and 1 SLW?
Thank you in advance for the help.