Moving to coop at 2 weeks

gregblackburn

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Jun 9, 2017
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I fear my chicks have outgrown my brooder and I don't have any great options for a bigger brooder. Is it okay to move them to the coop already, but just keep their heat lamp in the coop? I think they would be much happier with more space!
 

Dmontgomery

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What do you have in the coop now? At just 2 weeks they need protection from any bigger chickens. If you have other chickens in there already, you would be wise to wall off a section with wire so the little ones don't get hurt.
 

gregblackburn

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Jun 9, 2017
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What do you have in the coop now? At just 2 weeks they need protection from any bigger chickens. If you have other chickens in there already, you would be wise to wall off a section with wire so the little ones don't get hurt.

There is nothing in the coop right now.
 

gregblackburn

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Jun 9, 2017
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It's basically a steel tub that is probably 24" in diameter and a foot tall. I have chicken wire on top so they can't get out but they seem crowded. This is my first time raising chickens so I wasn't sure what to get when I set up the brooder.
 

Dmontgomery

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How big is the coop? You probably don't want to turn them loose in a barn, they might get lost. If you're new to chickens you will soon learn they are not the brightest animals God made.
 

gregblackburn

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Jun 9, 2017
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How big is the coop? You probably don't want to turn them loose in a barn, they might get lost. If you're new to chickens you will soon learn they are not the brightest animals God made.

Haha it's about 48" x 48" so I thought that might be okay.
 

xcalibor67

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I did exactly what your doing. I had my existing coop/run with about 9 birds already there. they were about 2/3 months old and i didnt want them to hurt the new chicks, so i quickly framed up a 3'-4' section on one end of the coop using a few 2x4's and hardware clothe.. turns out, even the bigger chicks still liked the heat source and would lay beside the small ones on the outside. I also feel it really helped when it came time to integrate the younger ones into the flock, as they had seen each other for a while.
 

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