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

    Mar 18, 2012
    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

    May 25, 2012
    Fort Valley, GA
    She is beautiful! Is that an orpington? She looks just like mine.
  4. Mainechick168

    Mainechick168 Songster

    May 12, 2012
    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

    bwalden Songster

    Jan 16, 2012
    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

    Mainechick168 Songster

    May 12, 2012
    Do you think it's safe to turn the light off even if my house gets around 65 degrees at night?
  7. Mainechick168

    Mainechick168 Songster

    May 12, 2012
    My 2 white rocks like the camera a little more than the 3 EEs!
  8. Yes they are Buff Orpingtins

  9. RonC

    RonC Songster

    Feb 28, 2012
    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

    Jun 3, 2011
    Middle Tennessee
    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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