when to put in coop?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by deejeff442, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. deejeff442

    deejeff442 Chirping

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    my chicks are just a week old most already have feathers. they eat a ton. how do i know when they can go to the coop? the weather here is around 100 daytime and 75-80 at night. no hurry but i figure at least a couple more weeks.i can add a heat lamp at night if i need to.the coop is all covered and has a roof .same as in my avitar pic.
     
  2. nihil

    nihil In the Brooder

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    Ours are 2 weeks old and I just transitioned them into their coop with a heat lamp set to turn on from dusk til dawn (as temps are getting down into the 60's this week). I'll keep them in the coop for the next 2 weeks as I finish the run, then start letting them out into the run.
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  3. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Songster

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    Well daytime you should be good without a heat lamp. Maybe a 125-150 watt one for night? I'd put them in the coop if it were me. Good luck!
     
  4. deejeff442

    deejeff442 Chirping

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    i have patience but they are in a good sized dog kennel which worked perfect. thanks for the advise. i am going to wait at least another week or 10 days. my 1st hatch and i cant believe how fast they grow .i have had friends who get them a week old and not had a problem withgoing straight to the coop. but i like to research and do the best i can.
     
  5. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Songster

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    No harm in that!
     
  6. aggiemae

    aggiemae Songster

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    i'd put a sleeping box filled with pine chips in the coop so they can snuggle up at night.
     

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