how long until chicks are "feathered"?

beckysaur

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Sep 30, 2008
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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
 

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