moving out side to coop

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Jennings Gamefowl, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. Jennings Gamefowl

    Jennings Gamefowl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2009
    i have some white leghorns and welsummers that are 3 weeks old today.. just wondering when should i move them out... they are starting to feather out and the temp round here is anywhere from 65- 75 during the day and bout 40 at night in SC
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    With a heat lamp? I would.
  3. swampducks

    swampducks Overrun With Guineas

    Feb 29, 2008
    Barton City, MI
    Until they feather out well I'd use a heat lamp, too.
  4. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    Mine are usually feathered enough at four weeks at that temp and with buddies to cuddle with at night. By 6 weeks I put mine in with the big girls and have not had a problem yet.
  5. DonnaBelle

    DonnaBelle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    McIntosh County, OK
    We moved our three week old 50 RIR, 6 banties out to the outside chicken house on Sunday afternoon. The garage was getting pretty smelly.

    The only problem we had was that they kept piling up in the corners, so we had to set up the metal flashing circle inside the chicken house. This is OKlahoma and the weather is still chilly at night so we did set up the heat lamp.

    They seem to be fine, they have a lot of feathers on their backs, and still like to cuddle when they sleep, but during the day, run around like wild children.

    One funny thing, I had some leftover raman noodles, took them down and held them just over their little heads, Oh, My, what fun.They had a fine game of gimme that noodle and catch me if you can.

  6. pkeeler

    pkeeler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2008
    At three weeks, brooder temp should be 75-80. So, 40 would be very cold. If the coop is draft free, and you provided a heat lamp, it would be fine. But without heat, I think you are gambling.

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