Define "fully feathered"

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

  1. Josie

    Josie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    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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