When to Open the door?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by smokejmp52, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. Yes

    1 vote(s)
  2. No

    0 vote(s)
  3. Only when your in there.

    3 vote(s)
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  1. smokejmp52

    smokejmp52 New Egg

    Mar 3, 2012

    I have six rhode island reds. They are about three weeks old and feathers coming in nicely. I started them in my garage in a brooder kit and two days ago moved them to the chicken with the brooder and lamp inside. At what point will it be ok to open the coop door during the day and let them into the run? The average temp is 60F getting down to 35-40 at night. Or should I just open it while i'm in there and let them play a bit or no? I don't feel they are getting much stimulus (spelling) all cooped up so to speak. Tell me your thoughts on this please?

    Thanx Dan
  2. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    I let my chicks play a bit when I'm around, but not unsupervised. :)
  3. PtldChick

    PtldChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2011
    Portland, OR
    Three weeks is kind of young to be unsupervised. They might not have the sense to go back to the coop when they're cold. I have 3-6 week olds in a hutch in my coop and when they get to be six weeks and all feathered out, then they get to go out of the hutch and fend for themselves in the coop and run - there are plenty of hiding places for them to avoid getting picked on too much by the bigger girls.

    They'll have plenty of stimulus when they get old enough to keep themselves warm, I wouldn't worry about that.
  4. devora

    devora Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm a bit overprotective, so no way do my girls get out until they are fully feathered.

    For stimulation, I read to them. Also, Game of Thrones is back on so they'd have plenty to do.

    Edit: Is the poll asking what we'd do at three weeks?
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2012
  5. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    What are the conditions? It all depends on the conditions. A secure place where they can't get hurt or lost; yes. An open, unsecured, unsupervised place no.
  6. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    And over pampered too. TV, with premium channels. At least their watching something that can help prepare them for the Game of the Pecking Order.
  7. cmccindy

    cmccindy Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 25, 2012
    We have 4 Buff Orphington's that are 4 weeks. We started taking them out to the coop/run, all enclosed, two days ago. Still bringing them in at night. Not sure they would stay in the Coop all night. They love being out and in the larger space. This is our first go around with chickens. They are very curious and our dog is very protective. I do not leave them out, even in the enclosed coop/run when I can't supervise. Our days have been in the 80 - 90 but we just cooled back down to the 60's. Worried that might be too cool. They have a lot of feathers, looking like small chickens. Hope we are not introducing them to the outdoors too soon.
  8. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    I do the same thing! :)

  9. JiJis hens

    JiJis hens Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 17, 2012
    Mine started in my room, then stayed in my living room until they were about 8weeks old. They are outside in there coop now but I make sure they are inside the coop and close there door and then turn on the warming bulb. This are my first chickens so not sure if I did good. But when I check on them they look very comfy and they love sleeping in there pole looking outside.
  10. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    I raise my biddies in their coop. I put the brooder cage in the coop leave the door open & use the Brinsea Eco 50 brooder for heat.[​IMG]

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