First night in coop!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by pkgal21, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. pkgal21

    pkgal21 Chirping

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    Introduced the girls to their new coop! Meet Ginny, Tonks, Winky, Niffler, Butterbeer, and Buckbeak. ❤️⚡

    I'm a nervous chicken mama and keep checking on them. IMG_20180319_190450_679.jpg
     
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  2. Smuvers Farm

    Smuvers Farm Melvin Up the Taterhole

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    Nice!!!

    And I'm gonna point people to this thread when they start making fun of my peeps: Moist, Squishy, Fat Bastard, Shark, Bean, Casper, Holy, etc etc... :lau
     
  3. pkgal21

    pkgal21 Chirping

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    Lol. Fat bastard. That's fantastic.
     
  4. Smuvers Farm

    Smuvers Farm Melvin Up the Taterhole

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    I'm loving the natural roosts in there... very cozy... can I move in?!?
     
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  5. Cheers2Ya

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    Cool coop, cool names! Harry Potter fans? ;)
     
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  6. pkgal21

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    Lol, maybe just a tad.
     
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  7. LovinThisFarmGirlLife

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    Love it!! How old are your chicks? Mike look like that but they’re only about 4-5 weeks old. I was cleaning out my brooder today and one of my babes FLEW out!! Startled her as much as it did me I think because she jumped right back in! But it got me thinking, maybe they’re big enough to go in the coop? They’re not 100% feathered out yet so I worry that they’ll get too cold. What do you think?
     
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  8. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    Are you still providing supplemental heat where they are at now? Is your co-op situated such that you would have electricity available to provide supplemental heat while transitioning them? Are there larger birds already in the co-op with which your younger birds must integrate?

    This is my 1st brood for this year roosting on the window sill of the coop this evening. They are 5 weeks and have been off heat for almost 2 weeks now. However, they were raised outside from day one (temps dipping into low 20s) and therefor have not had to undergo a transition to adjust to the temperatures.

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  9. LovinThisFarmGirlLife

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    Wow that’s amazing! I didn’t even realize they could be outside from day one without a mama hen to take care of them. Mine have been in a water trough turned brooder since they were tiny. I picked them up the 24th of Feb and I assume they were appx a week to a week and a half old at that tune. Thy have supplemental heat right now, but I want to wean them off over the next week and yes, I can get electricity to the coop fornthem to provide heat if they need it. Temps here are dipping just above freezing at night still. I have three coops, and the one I’m planning on putting the babies in is vacant except for one hen who is kind of a loner :(. That’s my other dilemma...what to do with her. Can she safely be in the coop at night with the babies? And I can just let her out in the mornings? Or should I move her to a different coop.
     
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  10. pkgal21

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    I have 4 and 5 week olds. They were raised with a mama heating pad and started weaning themselves off of it a week or so ago. I live in Texas, so it's not really cold. I worried like crazy the first night, even put the heating pad out there. But they huddled in a corner together instead. They're loving it so far.
     
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