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How old must they be? HELP!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chasiekitten12, Oct 12, 2014.

  1. chasiekitten12

    chasiekitten12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many weeks do I want my chicks to be when I bring them outside? 5 weeks? 6 weeks? 7 weeks? 8 weeks? I have heard them all but what should I do I have never raised chickens never even touched a chicken over 5 days old! I need some HELP!
     
  2. Mister B

    Mister B Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put mine in an outside brooder a few days after they were born. I kept them in the brooder until they were 5-7 weeks old and moved them to a coop. They did fine, but I started them in March, so they had time to acclimate. Not sure about doing the same now.
     
  3. chasiekitten12

    chasiekitten12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok but 5-7 weeks?
     
  4. Mister B

    Mister B Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes. They had their own area and it was summer. I think they were closer to 7. They had some real feathers by then.
     
  5. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Mine move into their coop/run when they are 5 weeks old. They are fully feathered by then and as long as they have a good coop so they can get out of any wind or weather they should be fine.
     
  6. chasiekitten12

    chasiekitten12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We will build the coop ourselves (do not worry about the coop) and Quick Question: How tall are chickens full grown?
     
  7. Mister B

    Mister B Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends. Mine are about a foot tall, but I had a Barred Rock Rooster that I swear was 2 feet tall when he tried. I saw a breed of chicken (maya?) that are 90cm (about 3ft) tall.
     
  8. chasiekitten12

    chasiekitten12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No roosters only hen fowl
     
  9. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Chicks can be taken out to the coop for good when they are fully feathered, which is about 5 or 6 weeks. After this, they have enough feathers to stay warm. If they are still in the brooder, you can take them out for field trips however in an enclosed area for some time out of the brooder. As long as it is a nice day in the 60's, sun is shining and the wind is calm, they will appreciate some new scenery. Helps to break up boredom in the brooder and gets them acclimated to the outside and new things. Offer up some grit if you do start to take them outside. Just some parakeet sand or even some dirt from out side in a small bowl will do.

    Enjoy your babies and welcome to our flock!
     
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2014
  10. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    Glad you have joined us.

    Agree with 5 weeks to move to coop.

    RE: how tall is a chicken - regular large hens about a foot, but they can reach higher when they want treats or to explore under their coop for bugs. Why do you ask?
     

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