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Just wanted to say hi, this forum has been very helpful in answering all my questions from previously answered posts. I'm from the Independence MO area, and so excited to start! Have myself 6 barred rock chicks, they are about 5 days old now and a lot of fun to interact with. I do have a question though, I haven't started the coop yet... when should it be finished before they are just about ready to be let out there? Thanks!

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:welcome

Most people move their chicks out of the brooder between 5 and 6 weeks of age. Barred rocks! That's an awesome chicken breed. My barred rock Doodlie (see my profile header) is my oldest hen at 4 years of age. She is still laying regularly and is the queen of the coop! :) 

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Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us.

 

I'd say building your coop ASAP is the best idea - no point in having to rush it, and do a bad job. The Coop section has lots of inspiration. If I have one word of caution, it's to make sure that your coop can accommodate a lot more chickens that you plan for. Chicken maths is a terrible affliction.

 

The Learning Centre is a great resource, even for experienced chicken keepers - loads of info on anything chicken. http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

 
Joining your state / country thread will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area, which can be helpful.
 
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Those cute little chicks grow quickly so I'd get started as soon as possible.

 

Glad to hear you are enjoying the chicks!

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:welcome   glad you have joined us and congrats on getting your own flock.

 

You will love those BR's they are personality plus and dependable layers.

 

@CTKen   has given you the best advice, get your plans inaction, those babies grow up so fast and will be ready to move out to their permanent home in 5-6 weeks.  Coop/runs take longer to finalize than we expect.  

 

And do build larger than you think.  I started with 6 chicks in a 5x10 foot all in one coop/ run - and by the time those little gals were grown realized they needed a lot more space.

 

It is easier and less stressful on the flock  to build before they move in  - 

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Thanks all! I really look forward to it and will use your advice! They really are so cute, I will get started right away!

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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

 

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