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Brooder chicks to Hen House?

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I have 4 week old chicks in a brooder in the house. How old should they be, before I take them out to the hen house outside.  They Buff Orpingtons and Easter eggers.jumpy

post #2 of 8

They should leave at 6 weeks

post #3 of 8

I just put mine out at 4 wks, but the weather is really warm and I have a heat lamp for them at night. They were have a blast today and i just put them all to bed in the coop.

5 acres, 2 dogs, 1 cat, 6 ducks, 1 husband, and an ever expanding number of chickens.
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5 acres, 2 dogs, 1 cat, 6 ducks, 1 husband, and an ever expanding number of chickens.
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post #4 of 8

I mean they dont need any help at 6 weeks

post #5 of 8

Depends on the outside temperatures during the day and night and how feathered they are.

post #6 of 8
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Night time temp is around 45 degrees,  What if I had a heat lamp on them in the coop?   They have pretty good feathering.   Right now I have them in the brooder w/ 75 watt light bulb.

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Mine have been in the back half of a 4x8 coop with the silkies using the front door half since day one.  They have a heat lamp, but they only sit under it at night.  Usually during the day they're outside in the area of the run that I fenced off especially for them.  They are three weeks old now, wild, and loving life.

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Breathes there a woman with soul so dead who never once looked up and said,
"Gee, what can I do for Joe Bryant today."

The best laid plans of mice and men go oft' awry.
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They grow so fast, they need more room, So its out to the coop they go! before they start pecking each other!wee

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