peps featherd out

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ltstrouse12, Feb 13, 2015.

  1. ltstrouse12

    ltstrouse12 Out Of The Brooder

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    when do u back off the temperature in the brooder???? these girls are 4 weeks I guess
     
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    You should be lowering the temp by 5 degrees each week. If you did that, then they are probably ready to be without the heat now.
     
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I don't count them as fully feathered until about 6 weeks.

    Some feather out faster or slower but I like to give them their heat anyway until about 6 weeks. I let them have it available until 8 weeks or so in winter. They just don't have much meat on their bones and aren't as hardy as a spring chick IMO.

    I start letting them go out of the coop at three weeks of age if in summertime (to a very tiny covered run so they don't get lost), but wintertime they have to wait until 6 weeks.

    First week of life: 90-95
    second: 85-90
    third: 80-85
    fourth: 75-80
    fifth: 70-75
    sixth: if fully feathered wean to off
     
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  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! X2 with ChickensAreSweet I usually aim to have them off heat by 6 weeks. All this is weather dependant and I try to go on what my chicks are telling me too with how they are acting.

    Wishing you the best of luck with your chicks. Enjoy BYC :frow
     
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    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

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  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Chickens are Sweet covered your question quite well, so I will just say. Welcome to the flock, so glad you joined BYC [​IMG]
     
  7. ltstrouse12

    ltstrouse12 Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for the info.
     
  8. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Love your avatar!

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    Have fun with your birds!
     
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined the BYC flock!

    You've received some good advice so far. Good luck with your birds!
     
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"

    The other posters have given you some good advice. It is generally best to lower the temperature in the brooder by about 5 degrees F each week until the chicks are fully feathered. Once they have all of their feathers, they should be able to withstand temperatures as low as 40 degrees F, though they certainly appreciate warmer temperatures.

    Good luck with your chickens!
     

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