At what age are they fully feathered?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by From the North, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. From the North

    From the North Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 22, 2013
    A spin-off of the "how fast do they grow" thread.

    Also, my understanding is that once they are fully feathered, they can regulate their own temperature, is this correct? So if they are fully feathered at 6 weeks, can they go from indoors to outdoors fairly easily? I'm hoping in 6 weeks the outdoor temps will be in the 30-50 F range.
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  2. salt and pepper

    salt and pepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Now following this thread =)
  3. binza1979

    binza1979 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 6, 2011
    I just put my 5 to 7 weekers out in my coop. I put a heat lamp in the coop so they could have heat if they needed. It was in the high 20s last night. It was cold, but when I checked on them this morning, they were sleeping in a pile away from the heat lamp.
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  4. From the North

    From the North Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 22, 2013
    Is that because this is a controversial or really dumb question? I see your reply and my immediate thought was "uh oh. did I open a can of worms here or what?". Hoping this doesn't turn into some kind of trainwreck???
  5. liljunie

    liljunie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2013
    I have this same question. It is 30-50 degrees and my silkie chicks are 6 and 9 weeks old. I put them out during the day and they huddle together looking cold. This weeks forecast is 30-50...should I keep them in another week?
  6. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    Fully feathered is having feather coverage -- no more downy heads. It happens at different ages for different chicks. Some are feathered at 4 weeks while others take twice that (or longer, sometimes). If you can transition them a bit so they have a more gradual change, they'll be happier and you'll worry less.

    I put mine in their coop with the pop door closed for the first week to transition. This way, they would be protected from wind and predators while learning that their new space was safe and dry. They seemed so excited to have more room! They slept in a chick raft at first but moved to the roost after a few nights.
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  7. salt and pepper

    salt and pepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Because I have multiple chicks that I want out of my house! Lol
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  8. QuietPony

    QuietPony Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine just got here. They have not yet worn out the "being inside" welcome. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2013
  9. salt and pepper

    salt and pepper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine have been in for a month, and that's quite long enough! Then my feed store HAS to get assorted rare breeds, so I guess chickens will be in a little longer...
  10. ArticStrat

    ArticStrat Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 25, 2013
    Tomorrow is two weeks for mine, with the exception of 6 Isa browns that I picked up from TSC which have been in 4 days longer than all of the others. I have 39 chickens and 4 turkeys in my brooder on the sun room. I love having them in. My wife and I were talking yesterday about how we will go into shock when they move to the coop in a few weeks. :(
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