@Blooie -- Our temps are in the low 90s to mid 80s during the day with lows in the mid 50s at night. If this stays, would it be feasible to put the chicks out at 3 weeks (they are a week now) in their coop without a heat source? Or earlier? (In your opinion, of course) I don't have the facilities to brood them outside from the beginning, but the coop should be predator proof in the next week or two. It's getting to be a bit much keeping them inside and they are clearly going to be needing more space than the brooder provides as they continue growing like weeds! I have four, 2 EEs, 1 SLW, 1 BR all the same size and healthy, happy chickies from the start. Everything I read says 5-7 weeks but that just seems ridiculous...these are chickens not blind, deaf puppies! They can clearly fend for themselves to a certain extent straight from the egg (so long as predators are not allowed to walk right in, obviously) !
Edited by porqupine - 5/28/16 at 7:39am