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When to Move Silkies

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When do you guys move your silkies to the coop? I have several birds about to be ready to move to the coop but my silkies are almost 4 weeks old and Im wondering if that is too soon to move them, they are so much smaller than my marans and reds, I keep thinking they're babies!

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I wouldn't put Silkies outside with other birds until at least 8 weeks. In warm weather they could go out at 6 weeks, but only if they were separate from any other larger birds.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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Would you do this even if they have been raised in a mixed group since hatching? My little silkies have been with my other chicks the whole time, including their days outside so far. Their definitely not being picked on but I don't want them to get cold either. Its been in the 70-80 during the day here and 45 to 50 at night. They're only almost four weeks now so I was thinking they could all go out in about 2 weeks.

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Would you do this even if they have been raised in a mixed group since hatching? My little silkies have been with my other chicks the whole time, including their days outside so far. Their definitely not being picked on but I don't want them to get cold either. Its been in the 70-80 during the day here and 45 to 50 at night. They're only almost four weeks now so I was thinking they could all go out in about 2 weeks.

Sorry, for some reason I got the impression that they hadn't been raised together from your first post. In that case yes they should be able to go out in the same area as the others prior to six weeks, but I personally wouldn't put them out until the nightly lows are 60F or warmer or they are 7-8+ weeks. Since they are so small and their feathers are not very effective at keeping them warm, it's very easy for them to chill when they are this young.

200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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