How long before I can get chicks into the coop?

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

  1. Gunslinger

    Gunslinger Out Of 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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    Gunslinger Out Of 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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    Heather J Chillin' With My Peeps

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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 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the info!
     

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