Hi I'm a new member

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by davidmorrow, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. davidmorrow

    davidmorrow New Egg

    Apr 7, 2017
    Hi we've had 12 hens for the past 12 months and had no trouble at all with them.
    Our hens were 15 weeks old when we picked them up, we have decided to increase our numbers this year and we now have 10 chicks which are 2 weeks old.
    We currently have them in a brooder under a heatlamp and I was wondering if it's too early to take them off heat and place them into their own chicken hut (the chicks will be segregated from our older birds)
  2. HeavensHens88

    HeavensHens88 Remembering the Forgotten

    May 17, 2015
    Lost, I fear.
    :welcome Welcome to BYC, David!
    Concerning your chicks, it's always a good rule of thumb to keep them at under a heat lamp; starting at 95'F at birth, then raising the heat lamp so that it lessens 5'F per week, so that you are at 70'F around week 7. It all depends on where you live though. If it's been consistently warmer than 85'F outside, then I'd give the okay for short outside periods- under watchful supervision, of course. Once they are fully feathered (6 or 7 weeks), you can begin leaving them in their coop overnight, but, until then, it's best to overnight them still in their brooder.
    :jumpy Happy Easter, :jumpy
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2017
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  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
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  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under David [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received links to some good starting points, I will just wish you all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice and links already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture

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