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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bald Rooster, Oct 21, 2016.

  1. bald Rooster

    bald Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 24 RIR there about 5 1/2 weeks old. they are in a 6 foot by 10 foot coop now.
    about 2 weeks ago I changed my heat light from a bright lite that allowed them to eat and drink 24 hours a day for a red one.
    Well Being a worried Rooster I put a small gallon water and a tray feeder close enough to the red light for them to feed.
    (I know from reading post here I should weed them off the heat)
    Should I turn out the lights and let them roost with out food at this age?
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    I brood using heating pads. My chicks only get light from the window. They have a normal day/night cycle from the start. They don't eat or drink after sundown. And they do just fine. They are fully feathered and ready to go outside by 4 weeks old.
    My broody raised chicks also don't have 24 hour access to food and water, and they do well also.
     
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  3. bald Rooster

    bald Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 laying hens and one Rose comb Rir all about 6 months old how long should I wait to try and mix them? there coops are only separated by wire and once in a while a hen pecks a lill one through it.
     
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  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    If you have ample space, and multiple food and water stations, go ahead and make some chick sized 'doors' in the wire separating them. This gives them a chance to mingle, and the chicks have a safe getaway zone.
     
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  5. bald Rooster

    bald Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    3 days now Ive been putting all 24 lill chickens with the 7- 6 month olds for a couple hours in the run and main coop.
    There is so many young ones the big ones just gave up LOL! Happy chickens :)
     

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