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post #21 of 24
Where are you located? I've never used a heat lamponce removing from the brooder- we do that between 4-6 weeks when fully feathered. I was nervous at first about them getting cold, but they were fine. We have a little house near the rest of the flock with a small run area. The young feathered chicks have 2-3 weeks separate- the chicks watch the big birds but the grown birds can't attack the littles. Then, between 8-9 weeks, we open things up so the bigs and littles intermingle. We've had no issues. The littles still go back to the house for a while, but at about 14-16 weeks, they start trying to roost with the bigs. As long as the birds can stay dry, I do t worry too much about the cold (but I no longer live in WI, so it's never THAT cold!)
post #22 of 24
I'm in North georgia. And with this wacky weather we are having. Like today was 70. Tomorrow 45 and rain. Our youngers of the three don't quite have all their feathers. Theit heads are still furry with small feathers coming through. Hopefully in a weeks time they will be okay. Then I won't worry. The heat lamp is on a timer and only runs for a few hours in the middle of the night slowly getting them used to the chill.
post #23 of 24

the 7-9 week chicks should be okay without a heat lamp in North Georgia so long as they are protected from wind/rain.  Be sure to allow for good ventilation/air circulation.  

post #24 of 24
Hi,

I put my 3 6wk old chicks outside in there new coop this weekend and I saw them this morning jump down out of there coop area but can't get them to go up at night time I haven't been home the last couple of nights to help them go up so when I have gotten home I just put them in there nesting box when I get home any suggestions on how to teach them to go up I think they have figured out how to get down Cuz there food and water is down below but how to get them to go up when the sun sets smile.png
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