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I started raising black cochin bantams and grey calls back in junior high school in New York state and gave them away when I went to college (the boy who took them is now a full time farmer). Fast forward 47 years and we recently acquired 5 EE chicks from a local hatchery near us in Raleigh, NC. They are 4 weeks old and hopefully all pullets. I've enjoyed reading some of the old Backyard Chicken posts on sexing EE chicks and from information I've taken from them, I think that there's a good chance that my hopes may be true.

 

The main concern I have at the moment is moving the chicks to their outdoor coop - probably in January. I figure I'll transition them by first putting them outside on days with good weather and bring them in at nights, and wait for some moderate nights to start leaving them out. I don't want to use any heaters in the coop.  Any advice about transitioning them outdoors in the middle of winter would be appreciated. Our winters usually don't involve more than a dusting or two of snow, but we can expect freezing temperatures for many nights, and some days from Dec. - March.

 

Looking forward to reading more posts and gaining more knowledge from the collective brain of backyard chickens.

 

Jim H.

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Hi welcome-byc.gif Jim

Glad you could join us here! Lovely to hear you have gotten back into keeping chickens after many years away. Once your birds are fully feathered you should be able to start weaning them off the heat and once they are fully off they should be ok to stay in their coop. As long as it's draft free, dry and well ventilated they should be ok. You could drop by your state thread for other keepers near to you. I'm sure they would be able to help too with their methods. State threads can be found here ~http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you

Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy BYC frow.gif
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Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. NorthFlChick has given you some good advice. Feathers are wonderful insulators and moisture is a much greater danger than cold. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.  

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Hi Jim, very nice to meet you.  You may find you have chicken folks for neighbors if you post on your state thread - Put  "North Carolina thread." in the search box and it should pop up.  Welcome to the BYC flock.

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Hope you continue to have a wonderful time here! We're glad to have you join us!

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All creatures are made by God.
God doesn't care about how they look, how "stupid" they may be, or if they make a tiny mistake.
And you shouldn't either.
LOVE ALL GOD'S CREATURES

 

Please enjoy my photo albums - Peafowl, More Peafowl, and P.E.W. Guinea Pig - Snowball

 

Please visit the Peafowl section or visit peafowlimagedatabase.weebly.com for any questions regarding Peafowl!

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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Welcome to the BYC flock!  We are glad you joined us!

 

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Sassafras Grove Farm

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Black Double Laced, Blue Double Laced and Splash Barnevelders

Silver Double Laced Bantam Barnevelders

Silver, Charcoal, and Birchen Iowa Blues

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