How many weeks from delivery of chicks to outside in coop???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by michellerene, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. michellerene

    michellerene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am seeing that most supply places offer chicks through May, which means if we want chickens this year, I will need to place an order soon. We have plans for a coop, but no actual coop yet. How many weeks will the chicks be inside our house in a brooder? In other words, once the babies arrive, how long will we have to get their outdoor home & yard ready for them? Thanks!!! [​IMG]
     
  2. Newchickenmom&kids

    Newchickenmom&kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends on weather and how feathered out they are....We were able to put ours out at 5 & 6 wks. Before that they were in the garage in a brooder at about 3wks and did fine. I'm sure others with more experience will weigh in on this subject, but I know you need to be sure they are feathered out!
     
  3. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    michellerene, Some breeds take a little longer to be fully feathered. It's best to wait until then, usually around 6 to 8 weeks old.

    Peeps can become chilled otherwise. Best to wait that long in my opinion.

    bigzio
     
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    The first year I had chicks, they were in the house for a full 3 months... all 20 of them....
     

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