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Hi today we just bought 10 chicks and are very excited to see what is in store for our babies .

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by hulsefam, Apr 10, 2016.

  1. hulsefam

    hulsefam New Egg

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    [​IMG]we are a little new to this as we had 4 hens once before and now we bought 10 but that was a couple years ago and so my question is , how long until we take them to their coop ?
    they are just tiny right now and stupid me didn't think to ask how old they were. some have a few feathers but others don't .
    thanks in advance ...
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

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

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    Welcome to BYC!
    If they are just getting wing feathers they are likely a week or even less -- if the feathering is progressing to developing tail feathers, feathering on the back/chest, etc add a week or so to that. Generally speaking, they no longer need supplemental heat once they are fully feathered, which can happen around 5-6 weeks - or when they are housed in ambient temperatures that are at/above that that would be accomplished with heat (this depends on your location).
    If you post photos of your chicks we can help you better age them (and also admire how cute they are, lol).
     
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Usually the chicks can start going outside a bit once they are FULLY FEATHERED OUT, usually around 6-8 weeks old. it also depends on your climate. If you are still getting ice,snow,sleet and raw temps like we are -- I wouldn't hurry them outside unless their coop will have a heat lamp for the evenings. If you are having warm, bright days let them out for short periods to see how they do. If they act chilled, they need to go back inside. Gradually they can spend more time in coop/run than in their brooder.
     
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  4. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
    CT
     
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  5. hulsefam

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    [​IMG]thank you all for the great advice!
    my babies got a bit cold out in the garage under a heat lamp so I brought them in and put them under the heat lamp ,well then they hot.
    wow what a learning experience this is! needless to say they aren't nuggets they are alive whew !!!
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

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