New Urban Farmer from Iowa


In the Brooder
Apr 2, 2018
Hey y'all I'm new to chickens, though not new to the farming aspect... I've just recently started raising my girls, I have 4 girls that are almost coop ready! My biggest question is how to know when it's time to put them in tbeor coop?


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Bambrook Bantams
6 Years
Apr 15, 2013
Forrest Beach, FNQ, Australia
G'Day from down under Chickeymomma.. :frowWelcome and Congratulations! :clap

General rule of thumb is when they are fully feathered but it also depends on your climate. You might want to Find Your State Thread and pop in, say hello and get some advice.

I do hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

BYC has Topic of the Week discussions which I have found to be a great resource, informative and sometimes entertaining; so definitely worth checking out.

Beautiful little one! If you would like to share more Pictures and Stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out ;)

Including your general location on your profile will assist others. Location, climate, season etc can be important factors when members are responding to any questions you may have and vice versa.


Just clucking around
Feb 7, 2018
Hampshire, UK
My Coop
My Coop
Hello :frow:welcome. Great to have you in the flock!

There is no set age as to when your chicks will be ready to move to the coop. It depends on your breeds/how well feathered they are and also your area/temperature. As a guide, I raise mine in a brooder with a heat plate in an outside shed so they get used to the outside temperatures. That does mean they tend to feather out reasonably quickly and generally stop using the heat plate completely by 7 weeks, at which point I move them to the chick pen. We had quite a lot of snow a couple of weeks back and my 8 week old chicks were fine in the coop & run without their heat plate. I hope this helps.

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