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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Bowman2012, May 24, 2017.

  1. Bowman2012

    Bowman2012 Just Hatched

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    We have two chickens, had 3 but one died yesterday, it was smaller than the the other two but yet came from the same store in the same bin they were in. any help will be much appreciated. We're not sure on ages, and are wanting to put up a coop this wkend and not sure if they are old enough to leave in coop over night. They are already trying to fly, and also if some sort of heat is needed for the coop after we set it up.
     

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  2. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
    Sorry to hear about the loss of your chick :hugsFirst I suggest you check out the learning center for helpful articles: https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/category/learning-center.11/
    Also the raising chicks forum: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forums/raising-baby-chicks.11/ . How cold is it where you live? I would say your birds are around 2 weeks. If you post in the What breed or gender forum you can ask about breed and when they are a little older you can ask about their gender: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forums/what-breed-or-gender-is-this.15/

    Good luck with your chicken raising adventure!
     
  3. Bowman2012

    Bowman2012 Just Hatched

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    It's been in the 60's during the day, and 40's T night. Suppose to start going up in the 80's this week. Just had a lot of rain lately too. Could we put them in the coop if we use some sort of heat? Which is best to use? Help if I can plz
     
  4. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    I think you can put them out once your coop is ready, @Blooie what heating source do you suggest?
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC. If they are fully feathered, then there should be no problem with them being out in the coop without heat. I should add, that before you do this, the chicks should already be weaned off the heat source in the brooder, and should be put outdoors for gradually increasing periods of time to let the become acclimatised to the cooler outdoor weather.

    Looking at the photos, I'd be inclined to begin the weaning off the heat, and outdoor exposure now, with a view to putting them in the coop in a couple of weeks.
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC
     

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