What to do about outgrowing the brooder and not being ready for the coop this time of year?
I have my first chicks (ever), now 4 weeks old, 8 total; one breed (2 birds) turn out to be slightly larger birds. They are all in a large-dog crate, homemade brooder, and fast outgrowing the brooder space. There is evidence of feather picking by 'someone' and I assume it's due to over crowding/stress and/or otherwise establishing 'pecking order'.
I'm told it'll be another 4 weeks until they should be fully feathered (8 weeks old); that'll be around Christmas.
Currently, high temps here are anywhere between mid-40s to mid-50s. Lows recently are in upper 30s. But our winters here in SW Washington are unpredictable.
Last year I never needed my winter coat, the year before we had single-digit temps for a number of days.
That said, I seek suggestions, opinions, any useful advice on how to get through the next 4 weeks and the fact that 2-month-olds may be heading to the coop in Dec/Jan. Thanks in advance. (my 4' x 5', ventilated hen house which can be fully shut.)
Edited by Bs Peeps - 11/20/15 at 11:17am