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can someone give me a quick run thru on the 1st few days in the coop?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by phishinchicken, May 17, 2009.

  1. phishinchicken

    phishinchicken On Vacation

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    like what do i need to do to make the transition easy?

    i read somewhere to block off the nest boxes for a while. yay or nay?

    should i put straw in the run or coop?

    food and water, inside or out or both?
     
  2. phishinchicken

    phishinchicken On Vacation

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    or not
     
  3. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have water both in and out. I had mine in the coop for a few days before letting them out. I do not block the nest boxes off but do not have any straw in them either. I've been giving them some treats too.
     
  4. first time farmer

    first time farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have seen some people who block off the nesting boxes. I think its a good idea so they do not sleep in it. If you want to use straw for bedding in the coop do ahead i use pine shavings because i can get them for free. I have feed and water in the coop. And water outside.
    Hope this helps
     
  5. phishinchicken

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    so the night time thing is no big deal then?

    what about a heat lamp? if temps drop to the high 60s at night.
     
  6. finnleyjo

    finnleyjo Out Of The Brooder

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    How old are your chicks?

    Mine are 7wks old and went out into the coop a couple of days ago. Our nights are in the 50s and I don't have a heat lamp for them out there [​IMG] If they are fully feathered then they should be fine.
     
  7. first time farmer

    first time farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put mine out at 5 weeks (all fully feathered) and they were fine. Make sure that your coop is predator proof. I thought mine was and i was wrong.
     

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