How old are my chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lovemychikens, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. lovemychikens

    lovemychikens Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 19, 2013
    I got some chicks from the store the about a week ago and they told me that they were a week older than the new ones that they had just gotten in. They have long feathers on their wings and tails and are starting to get them on their necks. They have also already changed from yellow to white and are starting to get the comb on top already. How old does this make them? How much longer until I can let them start going outside?
  2. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

    Mar 20, 2012
    I would estimate 3-3 1/2 weeks. They can go out when they have most of their adult feathers.
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  3. lovemychikens

    lovemychikens Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 19, 2013
    well, my chicks are pretty well feathered out and will not hang out under the light at all anymore, but huddle so close to eachother that they may as well be one big chick. LOL. It seems this is more for safety than to stay warm, since they seem to be scared of their own shadows. They are jumping and trying to fly around and pecking at the walls of the brooder box. It is supposed to be in the 50's and 60's for the next week with lows in the 30's. Is it safe to put them in the coop with the adults with the heat lamp, of course?

    Also, do leghorns fly pretty well? My red sex-links don't so I have never put a cover over their outside running area.
  4. kada6305

    kada6305 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2013
    Kersey, Pennsylvania
    I have heard leghorns are flyers. and scare easily but wonderful layers :) we are picking up our leghorns tomorrow!
  5. mcurry

    mcurry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2013
    Same boat, but mine are Production Reds. I was guessing 3 to 3 1/2 weeks old. They're in the brooder with 7 Buff Orps that are only a week & it's driving the little ones bonkers with all that attempted flying, preening, stretching, & bull dozing them over with the occassiobal need to run from their shadow. Lol I'm battling heat issues. They don't need as much, but babies need it. Think it's time for relocation of PR's.
  6. 2Sesslers

    2Sesslers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello! I purchased my chicks 16 days ago and I am trying to figure out how old they were at purchase. Rookie nistake - not asking. At any rate her is a pic from the day after I brought them home. Their wings were mostly feathered.


    I am thinking 2 weeks old? What do you think?
  7. 2Sesslers

    2Sesslers Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 6 Leghorn hennies and they have really grown on me! They do get spooked, and can fly - but they are so eager for treats, they all but climb me and step on one another to get one! I am excited for them to start laying, I also heard they are great layers!
  8. robinredd

    robinredd New Egg

    May 9, 2013
    3 weeks im guessing

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