Main question is this. I haven't bought chicks in forever as I prefer to hatch from my own flock. I find that the first two or three days are critical as I always have at least one or two choke out of maybe 35 chicks so I always keep them inside so I can be the watchful eye. So for those that brood outside and hatch yourselves when do you move then out?
Other question my flock, 100 birds or so, live down the street, 5 minutes away. I run an egg share and so I have a travel trailer that gets moved around with electric fencing, like the chicken mob grazer. I raise all the chicks at home until about 10 weeks. And then move them over to the big girls down the street. Down the street I also keep breeding pens about 6 with 3-5 chickens in each.
At home I keep quail and ducks. Can you guys think of a way I can do this? My main draw to brooding them outside would be integration. As integrating at ten weeks with 100 chickens is a challenge. I could maybe make an area in the travel trailer? But they wouldn't have access to outside? I can definitely raise them outside at my home but that wouldn't help with intervention. Or is that idea pointless because I'm on a larger scale? Thoughts and ideas would be great!!