UPDATE question regarding 7 week old chicks going out to the coop...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kycklingmamma, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. kycklingmamma

    kycklingmamma Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 8 chicks, they are 7 weeks and I want to but them outside inte coop. I live in Houston, TX, and right now our temp is in the upper 50's to mid 60's at night. Is that to cold , can they move out if they have a lamp on them? The dust in this house is just about killing me. I also have 4 four week olds but I realize they have to stay in for 3-4 weeks longer. I do have older hens in the coop and I also realize we might, probably will have issues with pecking and all that, how do I minimize that? Should I maybe wait a little longer intill I put them out? Any input would be awesome at this point...

    Thanks, Kycklingmamma
     
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2009
  2. sherrydeanne

    sherrydeanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would divide your coop or, if their brooder is big enough, just put it in the coop. My 7 week olds are out in 35 degree weather with no light.
     
  3. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2009
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    I put mine out at 5 weeks in ft. worth. I did leave a heat light on when temps got down below 50 at night but now at 9 weeks i don't worry about them. Good Luck
     
  4. Pollo Posada

    Pollo Posada Out Of The Brooder

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    I actually put my 4 week old pullets out about a week ago and they are doing fine. I had the same situation with dust and poop in the basement so they had to go!

    They do have their own small chicken house within the same run that they share with the other older hens. I have not let them run free or intermingle with the older hens or anything like that. I do open their house door and attach their cage to the entrance of their coop and let them sit in the sun on warm days. That way they can see the hens and the hens check them out too. Their heat lamp is still on in the coop for the chilly nights.

    So far, no problems and my house is clean again!
     
  5. kycklingmamma

    kycklingmamma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks all, I think I will try it...my house and sanity will thank me

    Kycklingmamma
     
  6. roosterjerry

    roosterjerry Out Of The Brooder

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    I guess this is kind of the same question but what is the right age to put the chicks outside I have six at 3 weeks old when can they go out? it is only getting down to the high forty's here. Thanks
     
  7. sherrydeanne

    sherrydeanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I'd put them out at 4 weeks with a lamp.
     
  8. goobhen

    goobhen Chicks Rule

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    Quote:How old were your chicks when you put them out in the coop? Theresa
     
  9. Domestic_goddess

    Domestic_goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always put out at about 6 weeks of age, with a light on. Just put some out last week and they are doing great. Makes life easier.....then all the smell and dust in the house. I get frustrated with that really quick.
     
  10. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    I just put some 3 week olds out to the coop (brooder coop, lots of dif age chicks in there). I have a lamp on at night, during the day it is usually warm enough without one.

    If you have older hens to integrate them with, I would do like the others suggested and put a small divider in there, to keep the babies safer from being attacked.

    You could maybe try to integrate them during the day when you can keep an eye on them, you may not have as much problem as ya think, but definately at night I would keep them safe from the big girls.

    With my chicks in the brooder coop, the big ones aren't the problem for aggression, usually it is the next age/size up that picks on the newcomers - because they are the bottom of the totem pole, I guess. They have lots of room, however, and places to hide, so they escape most of the picking. I did have to put blukote on the white ones on their tails - they were the only ones being picked at too badly.

    meri
     

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