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When to leave the brooder?

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So my babies are now just over 6 weeks old and wondered when they could stay outside permanently. I know it's turning colder but there's not much room in the brooder now and they are needing there space. They look nearly fully feathered to my untrained eye lol. Tia.

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6 weeks sounds very young to go outside permanently. If I remember right from what I read on here the earliest is about 10 weeks. They won’t need the brooder inside anymore, but are still to wee to go outside nights too. 

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Such different opinions it's confusing! Some people have told me they have put theirs out permanently which are younger than mine.

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Mine moved outside at 6 weeks and were absolutely fine. I’d say yours will be too as they’re pretty well feathered and will snuggle together at night. Having said that it was August when mine moved out rather than late September. Just keep an eye on night time temperatures and bring them in if it gets really cold. Have they been out during the day already?

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Yes they have been out during the day. At around 6.00 pm yesterday they went up the steps of the eglu and went into to the coop lol. One went and the rest followed. First time they have gone up themselves. But I bring them in at night due to being advised not to leave them out.

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I agree they'll be fine outside overnight if they're already out all day :) 

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They were outside during the day but the weather was better than it is now. The breeder advised I bring them in at night for another couple of weeks. Don't know what to do now.

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If in doubt bring them in; better safe than sorry. They don't look very big or well feathered and they can be getting cold during the day. Excessive cold runs them down and they can get ill. Without seeing the coop and its location I can't be sure leaving them out is OK at the moment. We bring our more fragile adults in at night if we feel it necessary. The handling will be beneficial long term as well.

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Beantree attached is a pic of the coop. I have the insulated cover coming this morning. It also has a full rain cover on it now.20200914_161757.thumb.jpg.7cf6665948e8238bb96e96774d02aabc.jpg

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It's out of the direct wind but still gets some wind. They now have the omlet weather protector cover and a tarpaulin the full length of the coop.

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