In the Brooder
- Dec 7, 2015
Okay I tried to submit this post before but it didn't go through! I wanted some advice on integrating some hens into the cold weather. They are all cochins. We currently have a rooster and he's been outside for some time without any issue. However we just got some new ladies! We have two groups (and yes they are separated right now). The older ones will be 6 weeks on 12/9. The younger ones are only a week old. The daytime temp here has been between 30-45°. How long until the older ones can be outside in the coop full time? We just recently got these also. Yesterday was a nice day and I put them outside in a fenced in area for about an hour or so and they seemed to do well, but since it was only their first time ever outside I didn't want them to be out too long. Some things I've read vary greatly in the ages for having them outside. Some seem to say in another week or two I could have them outside/in the coop full time, other things say to wait until almost 15 weeks. The room that they are currently in isn't an incredibly well insulted room, so it's not like they're going from being in something 75° to 35° with no transition. I just want to make sure I'm doing this right since this is the first time!