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When to move brooder to coop?!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BayPanda, Mar 14, 2016.

  1. BayPanda

    BayPanda Hatching

    Mar 14, 2016
    I am a first time chicken owner and need some help.. I have 6 new chickens (3 Leghorns and 3 Sexlinks) they are turning 4 weeks this Friday! They are currently in my brooder box with my 2 new chicks (EE and Sussex) and I don't know when to put them outside in the coop! I live in north Georgia and the current temperature is around 70 during the day and 50 and below during the night. If the go out in the coop right now they will not have a heat source. Just wanting to hear everyone's opinion on what I should do.. Coop pictured below!!!:p[​IMG]

  2. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Songster

    Feb 5, 2010
    Missouri Ozarks

    The rule of thumb is newly hatched chicks need temps of 90-95 degrees; decreasing by about 5 degrees with each week of age. So 4 week old chicks need temps around 70F, and 8 week old chicks could handle temps down to 50F. Of course, before moving them outside, it is best to acclimate them to the lower temps as much as possible ahead of time. The cooler temps will also cause them to feather in faster, which increases their cold hardiness (feathers keep them much warmer than the fuzz!).

    Best of luck! :)

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