The Chicks are getting restless

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by OCChicken, May 15, 2009.

  1. OCChicken

    OCChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Our Chicks are now 4 (5 of them) and 5 (1) weeks old, and getting cramped in the brooder, i'm thinking of putting them out in the coop this weekend with the heat lamp at night, is this a good or bad idea? It will be in the 70's and 80's through the first of the week and then probably back to spring rain with lows in the low 50's. I don't want them to start getting annoyed and pecking eachother.

    What do you think?

    Thanks, OC
     
  2. gpamela3499

    gpamela3499 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2009
    Near San Fran Ca
    I heard that they should be fully feathered and at least 6 weeks old. It also depends on the warmth of the coop. Ours is nice and warm but leaky. The weather here is mild so I put them out at six weeks. I was a nervous wreck for a week. The love their new coop now and they still get along fine.
     
  3. LilbitChicken

    LilbitChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    HUM...I'm not sure, we have 8 chicks (few days old) in a small brooder INSIDE!! AH! [​IMG] We are making a nice secure brooder outside this weekend. [​IMG] As for WHEN they can go in the coop....I would assume, until they get their feathers and fly?[​IMG]
     
  4. California Ducken

    California Ducken Chillin' With My Peeps

    gpamela3499 is right.
    No don't put them out yet. (Well, I wouldn't)

    Can you get a larger clear view container?

    Good Luck!
     
  5. California Ducken

    California Ducken Chillin' With My Peeps

    LilbitChicken

    My chicks were flying at 2 1/2 weeks!!
    I am glad they are in a covered brooder!
    As soon as I open it, they fly up and sit on the edge and hang out to watch the world.

    They grow up way to fast!
     
  6. gpamela3499

    gpamela3499 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2009
    Near San Fran Ca
    I also put in the container interesting things for them like a small bird roost and taped a piece of some thing like hard corn to the side for them to peak at. I even put a brick in it for them to stand on for fun. I taped a shoelace to it for peaking too. Maybe let them out in the sun a little during the day (their mother would) And once in a while, a piece of cooked spaghetti noodle that they would run around and fight over.
     
    Last edited: May 15, 2009

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