New Beginnings

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Terrisue13, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. Terrisue13

    Terrisue13 Hatching

    Aug 4, 2013
    So my husband & I have moved out to the country and purchased ourselves some new companions. Two weekends ago, I purchased 4 light Brahma chicks and 2 guineas. My crafty husband made the chicks a cozy brooder, we keep them warm, watered, and fed with Purina Flock Starter Crumbles. Just yesterday I introduced a perch for them to roost on, and they seem to take to it well. They seem to mingle well together, I just wonder when I should start introducing them to the outside. I am fairly certain that 2 of the Brahma chicks hatched about a few days earlier than the other 2. They double the size of their others, plus they have begun to develop feathers on their shoulders faster than the other two. Same goes for my two guineas. One guinea has more developed feathers than the other. So my question is, since there are slight variations in age, will I get away with transitioning them to the outside at the same time. I have a feeling that I am over thinking this.
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] You could move them all outside at the same time, but keep an eye on the younger looking ones, to see if it's warm enough out there for them. I'd wait until they are fully feathered before leaving them out overnight, but during the day, if it's warm enough and the weather's good they can start spending some time outside. I've had tiny chicks out in their "chick pen" for most of the day on warm days before and they loved it.
  3. crawfordmama

    crawfordmama Songster

    Jun 29, 2010
    The Lakes Region, NH
    Hi there, and welcome!

    I agree with sumi. I have chicks that are 2 weeks today that I will begin transitioning outside. Just be mindful of where you are letting them out (if they're not going in to their outside coop and run). With my first chicks, I let them play around on a patch of sand on a hot day without even thinking of the heat. They peeped like crazy because it was too hot on their little feet. They'll let you know if they're not enjoying themselves.

    Have fun!
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Terrisue13, and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard! Good luck on your poultry adventure!
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  7. Terrisue13

    Terrisue13 Hatching

    Aug 4, 2013
    Wonderful. I have a nice fenced off area with a coop waiting for them. And I haven't mowed the area for 3 weeks, so they are going to have a jungle to romp through. The forecast for this week is storms, so as soon as it clears I will slowly introduce them into their new home. So I can have my spare bedroom back. Thank you all for the welcoming to B.Y.C.
  8. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC!
  9. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Songster

    Jul 22, 2013
    Welcome to the site! [​IMG]

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