Four weeks old too early to transition to coop? [pic heavy]

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CorporateGranola, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. CorporateGranola

    CorporateGranola Chirping

    Aug 4, 2010
    South GA Swamp
    Our babies turned four weeks old this past Monday. They are very active, and take every opportunity to jump out of the brooder to explore our little sun-room. Being in South GA, the temperatures are going to be warm usually through late September. The girls are starting to feather out nicely but a couple of them still have fuzzy butts. Thermal regulation is my real concern here since they arent completely feathered out. How would you guys suggest transitioning them to their "big girl" coop? I've considered letting them play for a couple hours in the evening, but bringing them back in once it gets dark [for the first week], then between 5 & 6 weeks, start letting them stay out all night. Thoughts, comments, criticisms?

    Pics taken Monday 8/30/2010

    Black Polish White Crested

    Black Silkie

    Dominique 01

    Dominique 02

    Dominique 03

    Dominique 04

    Light Brahma

    Silver Sebright

    Spangled Hamburg

    White Silkie

    White Sultan

    Last edited: Aug 31, 2010
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I can only see parts of them, I think they are too large to download
  3. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

    Jan 26, 2010
    Texas, Panhandle
    I bet they'd be just fine! [​IMG]
    I had to put my 2 month old chicks out in the #2 coop, because my mom was tired of having poop on the backporch ... [​IMG]
  4. pnuts

    pnuts Songster

    May 11, 2010
    if they are the only chickens in the coop then it might be fine. if there are older ones there already they might get picked on.
  5. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Are these your first chicks, so the coop will be theirs only, with no older chickens? If that is the case, with this warm weather, I would put them out in their coop/run during the day, and if it's warm enough, they will probably be fine to sleep out in the coop too.

    I would just watch the forecast, so you're sure it won't get too cold. They look like they're feathered pretty well....maybe not fully feathered though....alot of people wait until their chicks are fully feathered.

    All your ideas were just fine. Do what you feel comfortable with......
  6. CorporateGranola

    CorporateGranola Chirping

    Aug 4, 2010
    South GA Swamp
    These are my first chickens, so there are no older girls to pick on them.

    @Drumstick Diva
    I'll resize the pictures so they are not so large.
  7. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging Staff Member Premium Member 9 Years

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I think they'll be fine. Last winter, I put 5 week olds in a coop with a heat lamp. The next night it snowed and they were all fine. They are tougher than you think. There is enough of them that they will huddle for warmth. Just make sure the next few nights aren't too cold, to ease them into the temperature difference slowly.
  8. VioletandBodie

    VioletandBodie Songster

    Aug 11, 2010
    there so cute!!!! i think they will be ok
  9. madimorg

    madimorg In the Brooder

    Apr 26, 2010
    Central Ohio
    I'm new to chickens also but this is what I've done so far and it's seemed to work out just fine. At about four weeks I'd let my babies out to the run during the evenings after work and also most of the days on the weekends. At night I'd bring them in. When they were right at five weeks I let them in the coop overnight (not open to the run)... they did great. After a couple nights of sleeping in a huddle on the wood shaving floor they began using the roost at night. Yesterday (they are now 6 weeks old) we cut the opening of the coop to the run so they can go in and out during the day and then at night we'll close them up into the coop. They were about as feathered as yours we I began letting them have access to the run. I'm in Ohio so I'm sure my temps are cooler then yours; therefore I'd personally think they'll be just fine to go on out.
  10. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Songster

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
    I wouldn't worry too much about transitioning. Maybe keep a heat lamp in the coop just in case you have a cool evening. I put mine outside pretty quickly, usually removing the lamp completely by week three (when it's summer time).

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