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When to move chicks from the brooder to the coop?

It will depend on the time of year you hatch and what the weather is like in your area. Often, winter or early spring chicks require longer brooder warmth than late spring or summer chicks, but the most basic rule of thumb is that your chicks need to be fully feathered (generally at 6 weeks of age) before you put them outside full time without supplemental heat. Use the below chicken heat table to determine if your chicks still need supplemental heat. Chick Brooding Temperature Schedule Chick […]

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What are the pros and cons of hatching chicks with an incubator vs. a broody hen?

  HATCHING WITH AN INCUBATOR HATCHING WITH A BROODY HEN PROS PROS Depending on the size of your incubator, you can hatch many more eggs at one time than the dozen or so able to fit under a broody hen. Hen controls heat and humidity as well as turning of eggs. You can hatch whenever you want — no waiting on a hen to go broody. Satisfies a hen that wants to be a mommy. Your eggs (and little newly-hatched chicks) are safe from predators and other […]

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How to start raising chickens?

Setting up the brooder is the easy part. Raising chickens requires a high degree of commitment and a little know-how. There are lots of resources to help you get started if you are a first-time chicken owner. When anyone asks, the first thing I do is recommend Success With Baby Chicks authored by Robert Plamondon. It is an invaluable resource for complete beginners who want a detailed guide on getting started. Robert Plamondon, a computer engineer turned free–range poultry farmer and hypnotherapist, also wrote an in–depth how–to […]

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What are the things that MUST be in place BEFORE my chicks arrive?

Here are the 8 most important things you must prepare BEFORE your chicks arrive:  A container to hold the chicks in This can be a fish tank, a galvanized metal tank, a kiddie/paddling pool, a premade brooder, a rabbit hutch, a Sterilite container, or a cardboard box. No matter which brooder you choose, make sure it is cleaned and sterilized, has adequate space for the chicks to move away from the heat if they get too warm, and make sure that there are no cracks or broken […]

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