Small chick into big world

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chicken-Man, Nov 16, 2014.

  1. Chicken-Man

    Chicken-Man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got a 6week old polish and an 8week old cochin hens Both sleep inside, with a lamp (mostly used for light during the night but has some warmth to it). I have a big girl coop waiting for them with hay and all. During the day they are in the cage because it is HOT and they are fine but evenings and nights have chilly breezes but i dont think it's "cold"

    When can they go into the coop?
     
  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    You need to devise a setup in the coop and run for them that is wired off...they can see them and them can see they if you get my drift. This will allow interaction between the two age groups until full integration. This can take anywhere from 2-3 weeks, sometimes longer. Good luck!
     
  3. Chicken-Man

    Chicken-Man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    :$ I'm sorry. I don't understand :/
     
  4. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    You don't want to just "plop" younger birds in with the older existing flock....that would spell disaster! The older ones (with very rare exceptions) will tear those younger ones to pieces! Chickens are extremely "pecking order" savvy, it could get bloody and you don't want that I'm sure.

    Just take some chicken wire and fashion a separation of sorts within your coop and run. This way the new birds can see the older birds, and vice-versa and eventually they will get used to each other...make sense now?
     
  5. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Are there any other chickens in this "big girl coop" you have waiting or will these little ones be the only birds?
     
  6. islandgirl82

    islandgirl82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the OP only has the two chicks -not any big girls- and is asking how old they should be before he can put them outside in their coop.

    If that's the case, they can go outside once they are completely feathered out - meaning all the baby fluff has been replaced with actual feathers. I would wait until the younger chick is at least 8 weeks old before doing so. They're also old enough to stop using the lamp entirely at their current ages. By eliminating the lamp, they will be able to adjust better to their outdoor digs.
     
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  7. Chicken-Man

    Chicken-Man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. That's what I originally thought. Thanks too all for the help! ^.^
     

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