Sitting on side of brooder

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

  1. pennychaney89

    pennychaney89 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 1, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    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.

  2. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    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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