When is a chick old enough to be taken out of the brooder?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Tiff A., Apr 24, 2011.

  1. Tiff A.

    Tiff A. Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a Buff orpington who is about 5 wks old now... but she has grown so much. She's twice the size of my other chicks. Worried the others aren't getting enough to eat. Is it okay to go a head and take her out. I'm planning on keeping in the garage still in a separate cage.

    Thanks and Happy Easter!
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  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Separation/isolation isn't too good for them, really. It might be better to move them all out together. More space. Even two feeders to cut down on the dominance of just one chick. It is unlikely that one chick is eating all the feed, however. At 5 weeks, I moved mine out the other day to the barn and their large grow out pen. They are happy as clams.
     
  3. Tiff A.

    Tiff A. Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay...Thanks so much for your help!
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Agree with Fred's Hens.
     
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Also agree. At 5 weeks yours should be fully feathered out so they should not need supplemental heat. Just give then a place they can stay out of drafts at night and they should do well.

    What are your breeds? It sounds like you may have all bantams except for the one.

    And welcome to the forum! [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  6. Tiff A.

    Tiff A. Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, I have an asortment in the brooder right now and the Buff is 3 wks older than the rest. In the brooder right now are 2 silkies, 4 mille fleur d'uccle, and 1 black orp., they are all 2 wks old. I plan on splitting them up when they're older. I have individual coops for each breed. But still very new to the chicken movement...I have alot to learn !
     
  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    New information. At two weeks they need supplemental heat. I'd leave them all together as Fred's Hens suggested. They are social animals and really get stressed out unless they have company.
     
  8. Tiff A.

    Tiff A. Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks so much for helping me out with this![​IMG]
     
  9. Sorin

    Sorin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree! One chick by itself is a very unhappy chick [​IMG]
     

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