My chicks from Meyer are almost a month old, so we made the decision to move their brooder outside to another coop. They are still separate from the other chickens, perfectly safe in their brooder, and it's warm.
I am just nervous about it because they have grown up soooo fast and now they have "moved out" of the home and I am having "empty nest" syndrome!
LOL, the first night I put my 9 chicks outside I must have checked on them a dozen times! I was sure the coop was secure, plus they were inside their brooder (large plastic dog crate)... I just "had" to keep checking on them! Oh, and yes, I AM brand new to the world of chickens and ducks
I remember stressing about putting my first batch of babies out in the coop, they were only two weeks old, and I secured the coop really well, but it still made me super anxious. I totally prefer brooding in the coop rather than in my basement, though--so much easier!
And yes, it did get easier for me over time as they grew (I started with chickens. ducks and geese.)
When I got my first babies I was practically sleeping with them. Mine were just over a month old when I put them in their coop with their brooder. I left the brooder open so they could explore the coop but kept the pop door closed for the first few days. Then I opened the pop door and let them out into their run with the run gate closed for another month, then let them out into the yard. I had them in the winter so I always left on a red heat lamp that they could get under to warm up.