are they ready to move out to the coop?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by stone_family3, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    4 week old production Red chicks fully feathered can we move out to the coop without a heat lamp average temp 33 degrees

    *Nevermind* I found the answer on here. Do you think the garage will be okay for brooder? That's where they were kept at before I bought them (today) I just couldn't resist 28 birds for $10. Also I have two ducklings that are 3 weeks, think they could go out into the garage and just hang out next to the chicken brooder and they can share a light or is it still too cold in the garage for them?
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2013
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    If your coop is cozy, after 2-3 more weeks in a garage, they can probably go out and keep each other warm. If they are fully feathered, meaning no more chick fluff on the top of their heads or under their wings, I'm thinking your birds are a tad older than 4 weeks so might not have to spend as much time in the garage. Acclimate them and get them used to running about in cool weather and you can kick-em out earlier.
  3. Dagirls

    Dagirls Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2012
    Moloaa, Kauai, HI
    Wow you all are brave. I just put my 4 weeks old productioion reds outside and live in HI. I kept them at 80 degrees. I still keep shade cloth on them to keep the trade breezes off them.
  4. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    Well I settled for the garage tonight. I lucked out at Tractor Supply while buying food that they had a Dollar Days box sitting empty, I asked for it and the cashier looked at me like I was crazy. LOL. They gave it to me and it turns out to be a great little brooder. A bit cramped for now, but still bigger than the box they were in when I picked them up. I'm going to check out the Tractor Supply at the other end of town and see if they'll give me another box!



  5. gcbsmommy

    gcbsmommy Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 12, 2013
    My 4 week olds are in the coop tonight - expecting a low of around 37. Dh and I ended up putting a heat lamp in there for them. We just checked on them and so far, everyone is happy.
  6. jerseyrooster

    jerseyrooster Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 26, 2012
    I have my 1 week old chicks in the garage. Two heat lamps and shavings. Low is in the 20's tonight. Never had a problem

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