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Hello all! I have been reading forums for a while here before deciding to join. We bought a few already laying hens a few years back. They were good to us, but we have been without any hens for about 4 years. We have decided to raise chicks for the first time. We just picked up five 4-day old Welsummer girls and I'm in love. They are in a brooder in our den. I'm still reading and learning as I go, but being in Northern Kentucky, I'm wondering when it will be safe to move them out this time of year (12-14). We have just built a draft free tractor coop.
Edited by WrenRowan - 12/14/16 at 4:18pm
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Hi and welcome to BYC! welcome-byc.gif
Congrats on your beautiful little chicks and welsummers are a good choice smile.png. I love anything that lays chocoated eggs.

Normally you would want to take the chicks out of the brooder when they are fully feathered. Which is usually around 6 weeks but sometimes takes a bit longer.
Edited by chickluvinfreak - 12/14/16 at 5:04pm
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Thank you! That's what I have been reading, but I wasn't sure if it was different for winter babies. I think we will be pleased with the Wellies. Last time we had Easter Eggers, Barred Rock, and Golden Commets but they were older and not very friendly. I'm hoping handling these from youngins will help a little 😁
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Thank you! That's what I have been reading, but I wasn't sure if it was different for winter babies. I think we will be pleased with the Wellies. Last time we had Easter Eggers, Barred Rock, and Golden Commets but they were older and not very friendly. I'm hoping handling these from youngins will help a little 😁
You're welcome smile.png And getting them as chicks does help with the friendliness quite a bit. How cold does it normally get at night where you live?
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In the dead of winter, it usually varies from low 30s to low 20s. We do get attic blasts from Canada and the Great Lakes where it gets much colder though. Tonight is supposed to be our first single digit night, but wind chills could put us at -6 degrees
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G’Day from down under WrenRowan :frow  Welcome!

 

Congratulations on your new family members, they are adorable!

 

Hailing from Aus, I am more qualified to advise on whether to add air conditioning or not but I see that you have already received some great advice so I will just add that I hope you enjoy BYC.  There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.  Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends ;)

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Bambrook Bantams; Home to Cilla, Dusty, LuLu, Blondie and Crystal

 

'There is No snooze button on a chicken who wants breakfast'

 

'Until One Has Loved An Animal, Part Of Their Soul Remains Unawakened'

 

My Chicken Page: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bambrook-bantams

 

Teila's Tales from the Coop: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1109051/teilas-tales-from-the-coop

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:welcome

 

Glad to hear you're enjoying your new little ones. If you would like to chat with other members in KY, you can find them here on your state thread: post #1

 

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Forum FAQ & tips: post #1

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Like to bake? Come join us! post #1

 

Drop in to say hi! http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1050266/the-nfc-b-day-chat-thread/15990#post_18076945

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Hello there, and my warmest welcome to Backyard Chickens! I am so glad you decided to join the community and I do hope you will make yourself at home here! frow.gif
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Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

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100 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Silkies, Malay, and assorted others. Studying poultry genetics and the Standard of Perfection. 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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