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How old do chicks need to be to put out in the Coop

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cdeans, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. cdeans

    cdeans Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just as it says I have some chicks that a 5 weeks old, they are fully feathered, I am just wondering when they can be put out into there coop.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    They're really not FULLY feathered until more like 8 weeks. It just depends on the birds and your weather.
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I put mine out at about 2-3 weeks, BUT they're in a secure draft-free brooder in one of my coops with a heat lamp.
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    5 week olds are not fully feathered. If they are standard large fowl they won't be fully feathered until 10 - 12 weeks.

    This time of year you may as well reconcile yourself and bite the bullet. You must provide them heat for another month to two months depending on just how cold night time temps fall.

    I am in Central Va. I know how cold it is here at night. Your babies would die in a matter of days without proper heat and brooding.

    You can put them out.Make sure they have heat, no drafts and are secure inside, especially at night.
     
  5. joshplus10

    joshplus10 Out Of The Brooder

    My first chicks are 7 weeks old now, but they've been out of the hay bale"nursery" in my barn and in their coop since they were 4 weeks old. My coop doesn't have a door, but I mounted a 250 watt infrared lamp about 18 inches off the ground in one corner. In the middle Rio Grande valley, we have had a thin sheet of ice on the horses' trough almost everynight for a couple of weeks, but the days are sunny and 60s. I just started using a heater waterer so the chicks don't have to peck at ice. I'm impressed with how hardy my little girls are!
     
  6. flchickenlady

    flchickenlady Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't put mine outside 24/7 until they're 16 weeks old. Before that if it's a sunny warm day they go outside, but I bring them in at night.
     
  7. cdeans

    cdeans Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks everyone for the replys!
     
  8. birdsofparadise

    birdsofparadise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:In Florida you keep them in a brooder for 16 weeks? That must be a big brooder since the chicks are almost fully grown at 4 months! Why the long delay?
     
  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I put my brooder into the nursery coop when they are about a month old. They have a run. I leave the brooder in the coop for about a week then take it out. I have one 250 watt red heat brooder lamps and two 175 watt ones. They are on a timer. I live near Ocala Florida. I open the pop door every morning so they can go out into the run. There is a picture of it on my BYC page.
     
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  10. Mrs MIA

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    Shoot, my Ameraucanas went out in the main coop at 7 weeks old on Friday when we were still in the 20-30°F range. This morning it cleared up and we dipped to -5°F outside, and it was 10°F inside the coop, and they are all just fine. There are 14 of them so they can huddle for warmth, and my 14 week old BBS orpingtons joined in the huddle.
     
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2008

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