Our small flock is close to being ready to take up residence in their new coop/run ( I suspect two more weeks with how rapidly their feathers are coming in ). But alas, one of the five is well behind the others. I suspect she is probably a few days younger, but in general, has been the weakest link, so to speak. Would it be unkind of me to put her out with the others, when she likely will not be as feathered as they? I don't want to separate them. We live in Alpine, CA where the weather as of late has been unpredictable to say the least. 85 one day and 50 the next (nights never dip below 45).
They are currently in the garage in the brooder with the heat light. However, the brooder is now a kennel, so open wire sides. I plan to take the light away to assist in adjusting before they go out to the coop. Think she will fare well despite her being a bit behind the curve? She is otherwise a healthy, active chick. On nights when it has been significantly colder, she seems equally as tolerant as the other chicks.