how long do i have to keep the chicks in the brroder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Keisha, May 7, 2007.

  1. Keisha

    Keisha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    right now they are a week old, and doing great. I've brought up the heat lamp, so its not as warm as it was and they are doing fine. I was wondering how long should I keep them in the brooder (i am already going to have to make more brooders, becuase they are getting big). When do the feathers start coming it?
     
  2. Hotwings

    Hotwings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would keep them in a brooder till maybe 5 or 6 weeks or untill they are fully feathered, then they can go into a coop and get some sunshine. They will love to be in their new digs then. I would make them a bigger brooder till then tho.
     
  3. Firefly

    Firefly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd been wondering about this as well. Mine are 6 (almost 7) weeks old, pretty much fully feathered, but the night temps in the coop are still getting down to the low forties. Isn't that too cold for them?
     

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