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When to transfer to the coop

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Stedman, Jan 4, 2017.

  1. Stedman

    Stedman Out Of The Brooder

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    I live in New England and we are getting five chicks the second week of April. I will be brooding them in my house, but my question is because of the cold weather how long should I keep them in before I put them in their coop?
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    I would keep them inside until the temperature outside remains above 50 degrees, and they are fully feathered (usually at around 8 weeks of age).
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Well, it depends on how you handle the heat inside and if you have power in the coop.
    Best to have them in a room you can keep cooler,
    closed off from the rest of the house so you can crack a window.
    I put my chicks out in the coop the first week of April at one week old with their pseudo heat 'plate'.

    Most chicks, if kept cooler, will fully feathered by 4 weeks.
     

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