did I miss something??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by coachwife2004, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. coachwife2004

    coachwife2004 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 29, 2008
    So I thought that you had to keep the chicks in for like a few weeks, but I told my guy at the feed store that and he looked at me like I was insane:th, and then told me that chickens were made to be outside and I needed to put them out![​IMG] So now I feel like a goober!! A little help would be great when is the soonest you can put them out![​IMG] Thanks for all the help it is always nice to hear encouragement!
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I wouldn't let my chicks free range until they were at least 6 to 8 weeks... and then I'd still worry.
  3. Curlita

    Curlita Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Yeah, that.

    It's February!!! They are so tiny! Brr!

  4. jnjross

    jnjross Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2008
    edwards, ms
    chicks need to be protected from cold (1-8wks)
    chickens they're good to go.(8---)
  5. BrackenFarms

    BrackenFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2008
    Easley, SC
    #1 ... does this guy even own chickens if he doesnt then he is not a reliable source of information..
    #2 most people like to keep them in a brood box until they have full feathering. the temperature need to be 95 degrees in the box for the first week and decrease five degrees each week until full feathering
    #3 if you already have chickens then you should wait until full feathering and after that wait until they are close to same size as existing flock
    #4 if he does have chickens then he probably lets the hens that birthed them raise them
    #5 a brood box should allow .5 sq ft per bird and light/heat source should be off to the side of box so the chicks can get away from the heat if they need to... they are smart enough to self regulate their own heat as long as they can get away from the heat
    # 6 what made you want to spiratcally buy chickens?
    #7 and after 4th week increase size to .75 sq ft per bird
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  6. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    Do you have them in a brooder? They need heat for warmth, with a brooder light. They need protection from the elements. Keep them in for 6 to 8 weeks. You were right!!!

    The feed store guy is the one that needs his head examined. [​IMG]
  7. jnjross

    jnjross Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2008
    edwards, ms
    mayor has a point, feed store folks aren't reliable sources of info,
  8. BrackenFarms

    BrackenFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2008
    Easley, SC
    yeah keep in mind they run feed stores not chicken farms haha... my buddy at the local feed store has raised a few chickens in his childhood but is quick to let you know he is no expert... but luckily one of his employees actually show bantams so that guy is a descent source of info but still he is single minded so dont always go with what one person says... i normally confer with him, this forum, magazines, and a few other people
  9. newchickmom

    newchickmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2007
    Lafayette, Indiana
    If mama takes them outside, she will keep them warm. I think she would keep them inside if it is really cold though. My girls won't go out if it is really windy either.
  10. chickie_momma

    chickie_momma Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 20, 2008
    As a rule I never trust feed store employees ever since I was inquiring about DE one time and this employee who HAD chickens told me just to use the pool grade DE...and they actually had it STOCKED for that purpose...No matter what I said he would not believe me about how toxic that is to chickens and that you should only use food grade... [​IMG]

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