When to transfer to the coop

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

  1. Stedman

    Stedman Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 9, 2016
    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

    Jul 24, 2013
    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

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    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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