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When to move brooder to coop?!

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I am a first time chicken owner and need some help.. I have 6 new chickens (3 Leghorns and 3 Sexlinks) they are turning 4 weeks this Friday! They are currently in my brooder box with my 2 new chicks (EE and Sussex) and I don't know when to put them outside in the coop! I live in north Georgia and the current temperature is around 70 during the day and 50 and below during the night. If the go out in the coop right now they will not have a heat source. Just wanting to hear everyone's opinion on what I should do.. Coop pictured below!!!tongue.png
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The rule of thumb is newly hatched chicks need temps of 90-95 degrees; decreasing by about 5 degrees with each week of age. So 4 week old chicks need temps around 70F, and 8 week old chicks could handle temps down to 50F. Of course, before moving them outside, it is best to acclimate them to the lower temps as much as possible ahead of time. The cooler temps will also cause them to feather in faster, which increases their cold hardiness (feathers keep them much warmer than the fuzz!).

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzHpYyB_F3U

Currently 30 guineas & 49 chickens. Australorp, Buff Orpington, Barred Rock, Rhode Island Red, Easter Egger, Dark Cornish, Brown Leghorn, & American Gamefowl.

Raising 100% Grass-Fed Black Angus beef in the beautiful Missouri Ozarks. No grain, GMOs, antibiotics, or hormones. Lots of green grass and sunshine, the way beef is supposed to be raised.

www.seaagri.com
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