Originally Posted by DesertChic
By three weeks my NNs are typically living outside when the weather is still warm, and with the temps we've been having it shouldn't be a problem to move them outside. During colder seasons I'll spend more time acclimating them up to about 5 weeks, at which time they're ready to go it alone. Since it's still so warm, I anticipating moving this hatch out to a pen in my chicken cabin after the first week. I like to give them one full week in the brooder to allow me plenty of time to handle them and get them used to human interaction. Plus it allows me to really monitor their health.
Very helpful - looking at them now, I totally see them being fine outside (they will be three weeks old tomorrow). Highs in the upper 80s and lows in the mid 60s this week (not as to as you, but not cold). And since there are a lot of them, they're pretty good at cuddling up into a pile for warmth. I need to get that tractor built, though, so they may have a few additional slightly cramped days in the brooder. I have all the lumber, just need to get some hardware and get it all together. While they're still little, I may put a large dog carrier in there for them to sleep in if they want.
Thanks to meal worm bribery, they have gone from running away when I walk in, to all running toward me (even the New Hampshires). Tomorrow is brooder cleaning and weigh in day (and they get their leg bands swapped out) - I'm sure they will temporarily hate me after that, but I'll be sure to give them a little mealworm feast. What would I do without meal worms?!
Has anyone tried giving chicks crickets in the brooder? I thought it might occupy them...
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