Define "fully feathered"

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Josie, Apr 3, 2008.

  1. Josie

    Josie Songster

    Jan 3, 2008
    A lot of posts and poultry books talk about "when a chick is fully feathered" but the time frame for this varies by breed.

    So what do you guys define as "fully feathered"

    (I ask because I have some young ones that have feathers everywhere except under their wings, and I want permission to put them out in the coop!)
  2. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    If the outside temps are about what you have the chicks at in the brooder/indoor enclosure, then you should be able to put them outside. Usually "fully feathered" means having all it's feathers, though. 6-8 weeks, in my experience.
    You might be ok, in California. I know I can't let mine out yet, because it's still only in the 30s-40s...

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