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Brooder to Coop-When?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ChcknLady, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. ChcknLady

    ChcknLady Songster

    Apr 1, 2009
    Western Pa
    Ok I know I'm jumping the gun but I like to be prepared. I know I should lock them in the coop at first to establish a "home" but do they still need the lamp in the coop? My coop isn't set up for electric yet. I've heard 4-5 weeks is a good age to transfer them from brooder to coop, is that so even if they won't have a lamp. I suppose I could rig something up if I had to?

  2. hensonly

    hensonly Songster

    May 15, 2008
    upstate NY
    They need to have real feathers to stay warm (depending on where you are), both day and night...it sounds like you don't have a lamp that can be set up easily. You don't want burned chicks or a fire, so be careful about rigging things up.

    Mine went out at 6 weeks, but could have gone sooner. I think you're on target with 4 -5 weeks. Some people bring in a shallow pan of dirt from the coop and put it in the brooder with the chicks, so they can start adjusting to the conditions they'll have outside. It also gives them a chance to scratch and peck in real dirt, which they love.

    I'm sure you'll get lots more answers from people lots more experienced than I, but it sounds like you're doing ok.

    Good luck!
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I would think they would need a lamp in cooler climbs until they are at least 9 weeks.
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I put my chicks out in their coop at 4 weeks with a heat lamp. I ran an extension cord out to the coop. At 8 weeks they are pretty well feathered out and shouldn't need the lamp especially if you have enough birds to keep each other warm when they roost.
  5. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    We put ours out at 8 weeks and keep the lamp o nthem until they are fully feathered out.

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