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counting down the minutes till the move to the coop

post #1 of 6
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I am seriously considering putting these chickies outside on saturday into the coop for good.they are feathered out, except for a very few down feathers sticking out on the back of their necks.  they have been without any supplemental head for a week and a half, and as of today are 5 weeks and 2 days old.  any reason why they should continue to stay inside in my brooder?  attached are pictures of the chicks as well as the forecast for my area.  should I wait or pull the trigger?

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 6

you can put them out and just see how they do

2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 red sex link, 1 bantam, 1 Silkie rooster who acts much bigger than he really is, 2 young Pekin ducks, 1 young Mallard, 1 duck of an undetermined breed, 2 mixed breed chicks,1 Barred Rock pullet, and 1 easter egger pullet.  named in order:

Lucy, Ethel, Lucky, Aunt Bea, Ricky, Lemon Meringue, Daisy, Ping-Ping, Jake, Fred, Phoebe, Saoirse, and Esther.

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2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 red sex link, 1 bantam, 1 Silkie rooster who acts much bigger than he really is, 2 young Pekin ducks, 1 young Mallard, 1 duck of an undetermined breed, 2 mixed breed chicks,1 Barred Rock pullet, and 1 easter egger pullet.  named in order:

Lucy, Ethel, Lucky, Aunt Bea, Ricky, Lemon Meringue, Daisy, Ping-Ping, Jake, Fred, Phoebe, Saoirse, and Esther.

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post #3 of 6

Go ahead. I see no earthly reason why they won't adapt spectacularly. They will think they've gone to heaven!

post #4 of 6

x3!  Out with them!  They are more than ready for the larger world.  Mary

post #5 of 6

My chicks have been living in the coop since five days old. Feathered Chicks are ready at that age and need too get out and start being chickens. They will love it !

Mine have had access to the run also and they are four weeks old. Totally off heat. Rain or shine the pop door is opened at 7 am every morning and the little monsters are excited to get outside and be chickens. I have 32 and don't really give it much thought.?

If they get cold they all run back into the coop.


Edited by chickens really - 6/9/16 at 5:27pm
post #6 of 6

Nope, they'll be fine. I just booted a similar age bracket from the grow out pen (with a heat lamp at night) to the totally unheated pen and they're doing great. They actually love the freedom :)

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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