When can they move into the coop?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by PuffMommy, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. PuffMommy

    PuffMommy Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 9, 2008
    Fairfield, CT
    My 6 chicks are a week old and the coop is almost ready. I've read that they're supposed to stay indoors until they are fully feathered (about 6 weeks?). Does this apply in the summer too? I was hoping to get them out into the coop as soon as possible. Can I run a cord and keep the heat lamp on out there at night? Thanks!
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    My chicks started outside in a shed. Because the shed had electricity I didn't have a problem keeping it at the temp. right for them.
    Basically you can keep your chicks anywhere as long as it's warm enough for their age and draft-free. You can run a cord to use their heat lamp, but I'm really paranoid about fire.
  3. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

    Jan 10, 2008
    Marysville, OH
    Mine went into the coop at 3 weeks when it was still in the low 40's and occasional high 30 range at night. At 5 weeks I stopped using the heat lamp. They will be fine.

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