When can my baby chickens go outside?

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  1. Roleysnewmom

    Roleysnewmom Senior Member+

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    I love the little girls, but they are officially stinking up my house. It's quite disgusting. I have a coop outside that's heavily bedded and 3 full grown silkie hens live in it already. The 4 chicks I have inside are all of the heavier heritage type breeds and all have real feathers now. I dont really have the option for putting a light in the coop, so when can my baby hens graduate to the coop? They are about 8 weeks old possibly more depending on when the feed store received them and about 7-8" tall. Like I said, full feathers.
     






  2. alaskahorse

    alaskahorse Senior Member+

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    if they have their feathers, put them in the coop and hang a light down low in one corner. A light with a ( don't know what you call it) metal collar type or lamp shade, around the bulb to direct the heat downward. They can snuggle there at night and get warm if they need to, and still have room to roam and they are out of the horse. I usually put chicks in the coop first thing anyway. I just hang several lights down low about 8 to 10 inches off of the floor. They radiate enough heat that the little fellows can cuddle and get warm..with only a few like you have one light is sufficient.
     
  3. sparkzwb

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    Since your in Arizona I think it's still been pretty warm. Has been in California. If they have their full feathers and there are a few of them plus some older chickens they should be okay even without the light. I would keep an eye on them for the first night or so and make sure they are warm enough.

    I was told to introduce any new chickens/roosters etc at night when they go up to roost. That way they don't fight and seems to smooth things over better when they get up for their morning duties.

    Got any pics of the cute fuzzies?
     
  4. manesntails

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    Your older chickens will whip the tar outta them if you don't introduce them slowly. Put up a divider so they can't co-mingle. When the little ones are as large as the older ones, THEN it's safe to put them together. It's just the same as horses as far as "pecking order" is concerned. (That's where they got the term, from birds) The dominant older ones will peck and peck at the smaller and once they draw blood on a small one, they will kill it and eat it if they have a mind to.
     
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    I never had a problem with our chickens beating up the little ones. I guess it's something to watch out for for sure. I just never personally experienced it.
     
  6. Roleysnewmom

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    I really REALLY dont want to hang a light. The bird coop is RIGHT next to my hay shed and fairly close to the barn and tack room. I just don't think I can stomach the faint possibility of a fire destrying everything I have since all the important things are close together.. hay, tack, chickens, horses.

    Could a super low watt light suffice? IF I put a light bulb out for them I would probably max out at 40 watts. nd even then I'd be paranoid. lol
     
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    I didn't have trouble with chicks born here to a hen who was already in good with the flock but when bringing in new chickens that were smaller...........all out war went on, so I separated them until they were equal in size.
     
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    ^^^ This!!! In a chicken house of 4000+ chickens, If a biddy is only SLIGHTLY smaller than the rest, they will murder it :no: I'm talking less than half an inch difference and the bigger ones will kill it.
     
  9. Roleysnewmom

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    It's gotten down to 40s at night already. And we live at the baseof a mountain, a bit elevated from the rest of the city, so it does get a bit colder where we are. I do have some pics when they were little fluffs. I'll go find em. I dont have any recent ones as they've just barely gotten over their hideous stage.
     
  10. sparkzwb

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    40 is not really that cold for a chicken with its feathers. As long as they don't get wet.

    Now you guys got me all worried about my next set of chicks. Last time we bought them they were much smaller than the 4 we currently had and we introduced them at night and they picked on each other a bit but never attacked bad. I hope I'm lucky again with the new ones. Could it be the breed of Chickens? I have New Hampshire reds.
     






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