Coop ready?

Kel45

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My 6 chicks are just about coop ready but I wonder if it’s too hot to move them to their outdoor space?
I live in Reno, NV and we are in a heat wave of 95-102 some days… so I wonder if you have to delay letting them out due to it being too hot?
Any advice helps!
 

K0k0shka

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You can move them out gradually. Take them out for an hour or two the first day, longer the next day, longer still the next day, and so on until you can leave them out there all day. It will help them get used to the temperature difference. Make sure they have plenty of shade and water, and LOTS of permanent ventilation in the coop (1 square foot per bird minimum, ideally more for hot weather).
 

Kel45

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Pics of their new "environment" please?
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Part of the run area, vine plant inside to help with shade, also shade tarp on the right side because the afternoon sun hits that side.
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One of their coops, we have that blue coop and also the shed area that is a coop for them, this whole coop/run area is completely predator proof.
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the door to get into coop/run area
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Outside picture of the shed that has roosting bar inside and 3 nesting boxes
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Another angle of the run area, which also has a shade tarp on top, this is where I would put the new chicks inside of a dog kennel, as I have (2) 10 week olds already within this area. So they can all see each other but not touch eachother
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Also have a hose that has a mister connected on top of this area.
 

Kel45

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They'll probably be fine.
They are now 4 weeks old… they have almost all feathers but still some fluff on head neck area.
i know they still need heat until 6 weeks or so, but they are currently inside my house within the dog kennel, and they are very smelly, love having them around and seeing and playing all day but it’s time to have my space back lol
Our temps for this week are 93-97 daytime temps with night temps ranging from 63-68. I think I read they need 75-80 at 4 weeks… so I was thinking of keeping them outside full time in the run area starting tomorrow but, I’ll plug the heating plate in at night… do you see any issue with this?
 

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They are now 4 weeks old… they have almost all feathers but still some fluff on head neck area.
i know they still need heat until 6 weeks or so, but they are currently inside my house within the dog kennel, and they are very smelly, love having them around and seeing and playing all day but it’s time to have my space back lol
Our temps for this week are 93-97 daytime temps with night temps ranging from 63-68. I think I read they need 75-80 at 4 weeks… so I was thinking of keeping them outside full time in the run area starting tomorrow but, I’ll plug the heating plate in at night… do you see any issue with this?
I'd pull the heat. They will be fine in temps at 63-68. They won't need the heat plate at night.
How many birds do you have? That is a very small run. I would put a fan on them during the day. Have lots of fresh cool water for them.
 

Kel45

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I'd pull the heat. They will be fine in temps at 63-68. They won't need the heat plate at night.
How many birds do you have? That is a very small run. I would put a fan on them during the day. Have lots of fresh cool water for them.
Okay!
i have 2 10 week olds and 6 of the 4 week olds.
here is some better pictures of the area! I thought it was a pretty decent size! I hope it’s not too small!
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from Inside the shed coop area
And some different angles of the area below
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Okay!
i have 2 10 week olds and 6 of the 4 week olds.
here is some better pictures of the area! I thought it was a pretty decent size! I hope it’s not too small! View attachment 2761938
from Inside the shed coop area
And some different angles of the area below
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The whole area is very confusing for me to figure out. There is a small, poorly ventilated elevated coop inside the run with the area beneath it enclosed with HC and an automatic door and (I think) an attached open ended shed with a roost and a ramp up to a shelf in it? What's that? It's higher than the roost so the birds will want to go up there.
I would want at least 120 sq feet of space for that many birds. You may have that. It's hard to tell.
If I have this right, the shed should be the coop and I would remove the blue elevated coop from the run then add some perches and organic matter to the run for litter.
Remove the shelf as you don't want the birds up there and lowering it will put it in the way for accessing the roost and getting off it in the morning.
How high off the floor is the roost? How far away from the wall is it?

P.S. - I love the kids coop shoes! I used that style myself. But not that color as my rooster would have a conniption.
 

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