how long until chicks are "feathered"?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by beckysaur, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. beckysaur

    beckysaur Out Of The Brooder

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    hi.
    I am hoping to get a few chicks in the next couple weeks for my first backyard coop. I'm planning on keeping them inside while they are babies under a heat lamp. I'm concerned though that it will be too cold for them once they are ready to go outside. I live in Portland, Oregon so it doesn't get super cold in the winter (rarely below freezing at night.)
    People have told me they should be fine to go outside once they are fully "feathered." When does that usually happen?
    Thanks for the help!
    becky
     
  2. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    8 weeks
     
  3. beckysaur

    beckysaur Out Of The Brooder

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    Would it be crazy to keep them inside for 8 weeks? Will they be really big at that point?
     
  4. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    no, i've done it. Depends on the breed of bird, and how fast they grow.
     

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