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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by I don't like gravy, Nov 4, 2010.
Keep your gals in for what?
Most chicks can go outside to the coop full time when they have fully feathered, between 6 and 8 weeks of age, depending upon the breed. Between 5 and 8 weeks you need to start weaning them from the heat lamp, so it's not a shock to them when they go outside.
But I really don't know if that's what you were asking... I just made a wild guess, given the forum.
The other possibility might be that you are asking how long to keep them locked inside a coop so they know to go back inside it at night to roost. I lock mine up for at least a week, sometimes two weeks, then let them out of the coop into the run. By then they know they are safe in the coop and that's where they are used to sleeping, so they go back inside it by themselves.