I have 16 pullets that are 5 weeks old and fully feathered. No heat light now but they are still in the house in their brooder. I have been raking them outside several times per week and they seem to love being outside.
Hubby has separated the coop with chicken wire to allow a barrier between the babies and full grown chickens. I am planning to keep the 16 in the coop ( separated) for two weeks before allowing them to free range with the grown chickens. I am hoping this allows them time to get use to one another.
I am hoping to put the pullets out this week. Temperatures will be mid 50's during the day and mid 30's during the night. Coop is an Amish built shed, no drafts and pretty dang secure. I still have the deep litter from winter in the coop. The pullets will have their own roosts, food and water for the two weeks they are only in the coop. I do not want to use a heat lamp- terrified of fires.
Any thoughts on what I'm missing would be very appreciated....