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Originally Posted by MeepBeep View Post

In general this is true, but you should consider the weather, if they are coming from a heated 70° house you don't want to plunge them into subzero weather, as that can shock them... I personally keep my winter hatchings indoors until spring...
I would do it for several weeks if not an entire month...


You switch to layer (if you want) after they are all laying eggs, if you only have a few laying eggs it's best to stay on the non-fortified food and offer a side of oyster shells for those that are laying to use... The ones laying will seek out and eat the oyster shells the ones not laying will mostly ignore the oyster shells, they do a good job of self regulation of calcium if given the opportunity... You also have the option of never switching to layer, just keep them on the other feed and offer a side of oyster shells, many people do this including myself since I have a mixed flock and the calcium can be harmful to roosters and other birds not actively laying...

Thank you, this is very helpful! I wont be getting chicks until February and I live in a pretty mild climate so they definitely wont be going out into freezing temps. Thanks again for your help I appreciate it!