Sitting on side of brooder

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pennychaney89, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. pennychaney89

    pennychaney89 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am a new chicken owner - i have 3 new chicks and 2(older then the 3rd) prefer to sit on the edge of the brooder. Are they getting too big for the brooder/would prefer to be in a coop??? I'm scared of them going in the coop too early.

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  2. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    That's pretty normal behavior for chicks getting enough feathers on their wings to achieve lift-off. As long as the days are mild, around 75F, you could let them go outside in a playpen for some exercise. Give them a protected area ten feet long and watch them achieve low-level flight!

    Then bring them back inside when it cools off. I usually carry my chicks outside in a pet crate, then leave it for them to nap in. If you see them huddling in the crate more often than fplaying outside, it's time t bring them back inside.

    I usually move my chicks into the coop around five or six weeks.
     
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