When to Move Chicks to the Coop

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by wxdude99, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. wxdude99

    wxdude99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have three 3 week old chicks. And I have two 2 year old hens in the coop. When should I move the chicks out to the coop? I currently have them in the house in a rubbermaid bin.

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  2. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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  3. danamillette

    danamillette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello!
    When they are close in size! The hens really seem to torment the little ones.
    Have a nice day.
    Dana
     
  4. kenora44

    kenora44 Out Of The Brooder

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    I moved my chicks in the coop at 2 weeks of age but sectioned off an area where the hens cant get to them and I left the heat lamp on all the time. At night I put them back into the rubbermaid tote and took them out in the morning. I pre warmed the tote at night to check the temperature for them. I stopped using the heat lamp about 3 weeks but we really have hot weather here. They are 1 month old now and I am too nervous to let the hens near them, They are divided by 1 inch chicken wire so the hens cant peck at them.
     
  5. danamillette

    danamillette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great articles! Make sure you click next button to get to the "adding chicks to older flock" article!
    Dana
     
  6. wxdude99

    wxdude99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great links. Thanks! I'll keep them in the brooder for a couple more months then ease them in. One of my hens is very gentle, but the other can be a bully.
     

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