Transition from Brooder to Coop

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CityGirlFlock, Jul 24, 2014.

  1. CityGirlFlock

    CityGirlFlock Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello Flock People!!
    Nervous first-time Mother Hen here. My feathered babies will be transitioning from the brooder to the coop this weekend (5 weeks old) and I'm having all kinds of anxiety and am looking for some advice or suggestions from those of you who have been through this. I'm pretty confident that their coop and run is secure. My biggest worry is this: I know from what I've read that they should be locked-up in the coop (without access to the run) for at least a week so that they learn the concept of "home". Their coop is smaller than their brooder and I'm concerned that they may not like being confined for such a long period time in a smaller space. Am I worrying for nothing? Any thoughts?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    I think a couple days is sufficient. If the run is confined you may be ok letting them have the run of it but you may have to physically put them inside each evening till they learn that's the place to sleep.
     
  3. CityGirlFlock

    CityGirlFlock Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks ChickenCanoe. I'll have to watch them closely and see how they do.
     

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