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Putting 8wk old chicks into the coop?????

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How long should I leave these birds in the coop before letting them out into the run?  I've heard a couple people say that they should stay in the coop for a week or so to get used to it being their "new" home and that this would help with the birds coming back to the coop at night.

I'm done with my 10'x10' coop but haven't started on the run yet....I figure it will take 2wks working off and on when I can to get it finished.  I've got my birds in the basement in a large brooder but I'm so ready to get them out.

 

Thanks.

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They could probably go out there now and stay until you get the run done. Just keep it clean and make sure they have food and water!

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I am a CHRISTIAN

2 Corinthians 9:15

Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.

 

1 rabbit, two dogs, three cats, 50+ (number goes up & down) free-range 'mutt' hens, roos, chicks, lots of fish (tilapia) and a Jersey cow and heifer calf! Have had quail in the past.

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If the coop is done and yard is fenced, put them out now and let them free range. At 10 weeks they are plenty big enough to handle the rigors of life outside the brooder.

 


 My current flock has been outside for almost a week now and it is so nice to have them out of the house, and they are so happy to be out of the brooder.

 


 They forage all day in a secure yard. Each night I put them into the coop at about sunset....

"Experince is the teacher of all things." Julius Ceaser

"The only real valuable thing is intuition." Albert Einstein

"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest" Mark Twain

 

My Coop Project

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/656727/coop-project-maken-the-plunge-getting-chickens

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"Experince is the teacher of all things." Julius Ceaser

"The only real valuable thing is intuition." Albert Einstein

"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest" Mark Twain

 

My Coop Project

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/656727/coop-project-maken-the-plunge-getting-chickens

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How long should I leave these birds in the coop before letting them out into the run?  I've heard a couple people say that they should stay in the coop for a week or so to get used to it being their "new" home and that this would help with the birds coming back to the coop at night.

I'm done with my 10'x10' coop but haven't started on the run yet....I figure it will take 2wks working off and on when I can to get it finished.  I've got my birds in the basement in a large brooder but I'm so ready to get them out.

 

Thanks.

They can just live in the coop 24/7 until the run is done.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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