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I know alot of people on here won't have ever raised chicks,but if anyone has I would appreciate your thoughts!

 

My two are coming up to 4 weeks old and are feathering out nicely and getting very..boisterous... in the brooder! They are in the dining room and have no other heat source now as they were spending all their time at the other end...and in this ambient temp they were just fine without.

 

My eglu is coming on the 9th, and they will just over 5 weeks by then. Obviously I don't want to risk their health or anything, but they are growing so fast and I feel sorry for them being stuck in the brooder. Every night they 'shout' for me to let them out and they run around and have a good flap (and poo all over our lounge-which is tiled thankfully :lol: ). I love them to bits, but if I am honest I won't be sad to see them move outside, they make much more mess than I anticipated (the fluff I wasn't expecting!)! LOL. Anyway...would 6 weeks ish be too young to move out provided the weather improves? From my reading I see it is generally accepted that they have a heat source when you first put them out, but is this necessary in the summer? I can't do this as no power / not feasible in an eglu! My alternative idea was to have them out in the day but bring the whole pod bit in the house at night for a while? (is it easy to detach and move like this?). I prob shouldn't feel so sorry for them since poor battery hens live in a smaller cage for an entire year, but they seem so bored!

 

Oh and also...what age should I clip their wings? They are really good fliers already so I was thinking soon-before they go out anyway!. But I wasn't

sure if it might impede muscle development or anything.... gosh, this is as much a minefield as having a baby :P

Maddy xxx

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Will be interested to see the answers to this becaue I am hoping to put mine out when the youngest is 6 weeks. I have the next lot of chicks hatching in 2 weeks so will need the brooder. I'm thinking of giving them a wheatgerm ho"Ooops, word censored!"erbotttle thing to just help them for the first week or so. I was kind of relying on summer weather it being mid july by then but I may have stuffed myself on that score.

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they should be alowed out side when they are about 6 weeks old but i would introduce them to the out side world carefully. they probably see you as there mum (awww) so i wouldnt just leave them outside without being there for the first few times.

as for the other questions i have no idea...

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Provided it's not cold, windy or wet, your chicks will be absolutely fine in the Eglu run in the day and inside the Eglu at night - just put them out for the first time on a warmish day.

 

I would recommend that you cover the run with the winter shade or a shower curtain (there are loads of threads on here about it) to provide some extra shelter. Make sure that the run is sheltered from drafts, or put something around the edges to give them some protection from the breeze. Take the roosting bars out of the Eglu and put some bedding in instead - wood shavings, hemcore, aubiose etc. I would also close the Eglu door once they have gone to bed.

 

Most of all though - enjoy them!!!!

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I have two chicks that I am currently brooding which are 2 weeks old. I got told that they can go outside around 8 weeks. Don't worry about them wanting to go outside. You are allowed to put them in your garden for while as long as it's safe from foxes. My chicks are allowed outside for 10mins a day which gradually gets longer as they get older (this is only because they could get cold, so a little while should be fine). Your chicks probably need to stay in the brooder for roughly a month now. Instead of allowing them to run around the house, try the garden and see how they get on. When they bundle together and appear cold, bring them indoors.

 

Their wings should be clipped around the time of going outside I think. It is best to check with your local specialist as there are different times for different chicks.

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:D Thanks so much for your replies everyone!

I think I will put them out when it comes - they are already the size of pigeons, so I don't think they are that delicate :) Should they really not have the roosting bars? They tend to want to roost if I put a box or something in the brooder...

 

Cutechicky - I would have let them in the garden sometimes, but I don't think it is safe. There are lots of cats (inc mine) and with two chicks going in opposite directions I wouldn't feel safe. Besides, they really are flying quite a bit... they would just b*gger off I am sure!

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Hi there, I have done 4 hatchings this year and all my chicks have gone outside at 3 1/2 weeks, although they are in sheltered runs and sleep in the eglu at night (have to pop them all in the eglu and shut the door but they get the hang of it eventually!) I have them on hemcore till 6/7 weeks then put the roosting bars back in - my 4th hatch went onto the bars a couple of nights ago no problem.

My hatches have involved between 10 and 17 chicks in a brooder in my utility room and I couldn't have kept them inside any longer - the smell and dander dust get unbearable.

If I had 2-4 chicks I could have kept them in a bit longer but I didn't worry as they all huddle together and are nice and cosy in the eglu.

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Last year I had two chicks in the house and whenever it was warm enough, I put them outside in the garden in a small run for a little while. As soon as the temperature dropped, I bought them back in again. They were outside all the time at six weeks no problem.

 

About the roosting bars - chicks shouldn't be encouraged to perch until they are around 16 weeks old as it leads to breast bone deformities - apparantly!!

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