When do you move your chicks out to the coop?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Mainechick168, May 23, 2012.

  1. We got them as day-olds on April 6th. So they were about 6 weeks in the 2nd photo.
     
  2. robynz

    robynz In the Brooder

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    I need to get my coop up and ready too! I really wanted to paint before the metal cloth went on...
     
  3. PeachygirlGA

    PeachygirlGA Chirping

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    She is beautiful! Is that an orpington? She looks just like mine.
     
  4. Mainechick168

    Mainechick168 Songster

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    Mine are 23 days old today- I have 3 EEs and 2 white rocks right now- in a few weeks I'll be picking up 2 barred rocks and 3 buff orpingtons that should be about the same age. I can't believe how fast they are growing!! I think I might possibly have a rooster in this bunch too...!?

    I've been trying to upload a photo- not working right now, I'll try in a bit!
     
  5. bwalden

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    I moved mine out to the coop at about 4 weeks old. My coop is fully enclosed with a wood floor though. I would let them out during the day a back in the coop at night. I kept a light on the a couple more weeks. I would reccomend turning the light off as soon as possible at night. This will teach them to go to bed when it gets dark. I have made the mistake of leaving my light on 24/7 and this confuses them when you turn it off the first few times at night.
     
  6. Mainechick168

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    Do you think it's safe to turn the light off even if my house gets around 65 degrees at night?
     
  7. Mainechick168

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    My 2 white rocks like the camera a little more than the 3 EEs!
     
  8. Yes they are Buff Orpingtins

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  9. RonC

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    If they are fully feathered then wean then off the light. By fully I mean probably about 90%, it takes quiet a while for all the feathers on the sides of their heads to fill in. Move it further away for a few nights before taking it completely away. 65 degrees isn't too cold for month old chicks to stand for a few hours at a time. They will huddle together if they get chilled. At a month old mine never slept near their light so I turned it off. Within a couple of days(before 5 weeks) they were in their coop and it would get down to mid 50's with no problems.
     
  10. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

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    I live in Tennessee, and I have electricity in my coop. I put mine in the coop as soon as they all hatch and are dried off and fluffy. I have a separate brooder pen - and I put the heat lamp there. I hatched some chicks in January. So they were out there for the coldest weather we had. I raise or lower the heat lamp depending on the temperature. Also, on days when it was really cold (below freezing), I put cardboard around the perimeter of the brooder pen to hold in some of the warmth. They thrive - they run around the brooder - and can always return to under the heat lamp if they get cold. I think being outside with the other chickens (separated by wire, of course) is good for them, and they acclimate to the weather much more quickly than being inside the house. I love my chickens - but, for me, they don't belong in the house.
     

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