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How long before I can get chicks into the coop?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Gunslinger, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. Gunslinger

    Gunslinger In the Brooder

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    My coop is almost done so I ordered my chicks just last week. I wanted, a Silver Lace Wyandotte and that delayed the entire order due to the hatch date.
    I received the ship date from MPC for the week of Sept 2.

    I am in the northeast so we have crazy weather but I was hoping to get them into the coop for Oct. 7th.

    Will they be feathered out enough by then?

    Thanks-Bob
     
  2. dftkarin

    dftkarin Songster

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    can you have a heatlamp in the coop for the colder October nights?
     
  3. Gunslinger

    Gunslinger In the Brooder

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    yes I will be using the lamp if needed.

    Im just wondering/making sure 5 weeks is ok for them to start living full time in the coop.
     
  4. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
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    If the weather is fine now, 5 weeks should be sufficient.
     
  5. Heather J

    Heather J Songster

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    I moved mine out to the coop at two weeks--it was way easier, and if you have a heat lamp for cool nights, or rainy days, there's no reason they can't be out there yet. Of course, I was running out to the coop several times a day just to check on them, and every night I looked out the window at lest once to make sure I could see the crack of light that meant the light was running to keep them toasty--that was after I had personally turned it on, of course. lol
     
  6. Gunslinger

    Gunslinger In the Brooder

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    Thanks for the info!
     

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