Gettin' chicks in Iowa

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chicks Galore3, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut

    Dec 16, 2011
    Ok. I am getting 10 chicks on may 1st. Several questions.

    When will they start laying?
    Is june or july an okay time to put them outside? (Temp wise)
    Do chickens NEED a run?
    Is about four feet enough per chicken? (they can free range and MAYBE an all-time-accessible run)
    Do you recommend wire sided cage, or plywood sided cage. (the coop is inside the barn, so cold/heat isn't really a problem)

    Thanks for your time!

    Last edited: Dec 29, 2011
  2. Buttercup47

    Buttercup47 New Egg

    Dec 29, 2011
    Also brand new and are planning to get baby chicks in March/April timeframe. We just built our coop this past summer. We also have a run available for the chicks. Free range is another method. Will also be looking for answers from other members as to all your good questions you asked.
  3. crankster76

    crankster76 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 25, 2011
    depends on the breed u get has to how soon they lay. average about 5 months old. i have about 10 to 12 birds to a 10 by 10 dog kennel.coup atached to the outside. ya can put them out once the are fully feathered. put mine out when there about 5 weeks old.

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