Newbie here

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mudd32, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. mudd32

    mudd32 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 22, 2013
    downtown Nicholson, ky.
    This being my very first post please be gentle and keep in mind I am chicken stupid.

    So I got my kids some Golden Comets and we've decided to keep them.
    How old do the chicks need to be before I can put them outside in the elements?
    I am going to coop them up at night and let them free range during the day.

    I will take any and all advice as this is my first go'round with chickens.

    Thanks in advance...
  2. Cockle-Dood

    Cockle-Dood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2012
    New Waverly, TX
    Welcome to the club! As far as going outside, most will say about 6 weeks depending on your weather and time of year. Here in Texas, i have a batch of 5-week olds that really could go outside any time now!

    How many chickens do you have? that will determine the size of your coup, since you are free ranging run space wont matter. I am using an 8'x8' shed for my 15 chickens, but should be able to fit about 20 in there comfortably enough for them!

    i hope this helps! dont be shy and ask away, the only dumb questions are the ones that arent asked!
  3. DraigAthar

    DraigAthar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2011
    Plainfield, NH
    Where do you live? What are your night-time temps like?
  4. mudd32

    mudd32 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 22, 2013
    downtown Nicholson, ky.
    I live in Northern Kentucky but the temps here have been really cold...I was figuring about mid April.
    I plan to have a heat lamp in the coop just in case of a cold snap...and for winter.
  5. mattsinger

    mattsinger Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2013
    Davison, MI
    once they are fully feathered, and have access to a coop to get out of the weather, they really wont need a heat lamp.

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