5 week old rocks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by victor1800, May 14, 2009.

  1. victor1800

    victor1800 In the Brooder

    Apr 18, 2009
    Want know how old my 4 plymyth rock chickies need to be ,so i can put them in coop with my adult chickens . Should i keep them seperated by some fence in the coop? so they wont get beat up by the big girls. My chickies are about 5 weeks old now doing good in our basement brooder coop .and when do i stop medicated feed and start on layer? THX any help is appreciated

  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Keep them inside with a light until about 6-8 weeks old, then move them to a brooder outside still with the heat lamp, and keep them seperate yet visible to the others. Keep it like this for about 4 weeks, then make an opening so the chicks can get out but the bigger birds can't get in, leave it open. The chicks will venture out and have a place to run to if they get picked on. Once they reach about 16 weeks, close them in with the flock. Should be fine.!!
  3. whippet128

    whippet128 In the Brooder

    Jan 31, 2009
    good advice. once you mix them get ready for the pecking order to change. It will only take about a week. It is a natural thing.
  4. Hatrick

    Hatrick Songster

    Apr 4, 2009
    Do you seriously need to keep them inside until they're 8 weeks??!! Why? I had heard 4-5 weeks.
    And they still need a lamp outside for 4 weeks after that? I've never heard that, we don't have that kind of set up for electricity.
    Won't they be alright if the temperature is high enough outside?
  5. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Songster

    Jun 7, 2008
    Scappoose Oregon
    You need to go by your weather for going outside. I put up a temporary fence in my run so once they have most their feathers they can discover being outside and be seen by the older hens on nice days I'm home. They come back in at night.

    Once they've been out enougth the odler hens are used to them and therefore find them boring I start letting them mingle but ONLY supervised. usually toss a variety of treats around the run so everyone has a distraction.

    By then the younger ones are fully feathered and the nights have warmed so I let them stay out and see what they do. If they are smart enough to follow the older girls into the coop to sleep I let them.

    If not I go put them on a perch after dark.
  6. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    Hmm I was doing it wrong LOL I put them in the brooder out there with a light at four weeks, and released them with everyone at six weeks, the light was turned off at 7/8 weeks and voila, all is well.

    But then adding as twice as many chickens to the group as I had chickens in the coop worked out. Too many to pick on.

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