How Fast Do Chickens Grow (when can I move chicks to their coop)?

Day old chicks are super cute, but what you may not realize is that these cute balls of fluff grow faster than you can imagine. How fast? They easily double or triple in size each week after the first week. Progression pics of my own chicks, from first days on upDay old chicks are super cute, but what you may not realize is that these cute balls of fluff grow faster than you can imagine. How fast?  They easily double or triple in size each week after the first week. Below are some progression pics of my own chicks, from first days on up. If you click an image, it should give you a date and age.

When can you move them to the coop? If you are raising chicks in the house, you may soon begin wondering exactly how quickly they grow and when you can move them out to the coop (you do have a coop ready, right?  no?  best get one QUICKLY).  Chicks can be moved outdoors to the coop (without a source of heat) when temperatures are mild enough (above 65 F) that they don’t need supplemental heat, OR when they are fully feathered (generally by six weeks). If you have electricity in your coop, you have the ability to plug in a Brinsea ecoglow or other heat source, so you may be able to move them out in colder temps, or a little before they are fully feathered. One point to remember: a larger amount of chicks (25 chicks for example)  will be able to keep themselves warm than just a few chicks. This is why most hatcheries have a minimum order of 25 chicks, so that they can send chicks through the mail without a heat source.

Good luck, and get that coop ready!  If you need tips on raising chicks in the house, check out Tips for Brooding Chicks Indoors (or a post in which I write about how I did it and how to keep your sanity after week three).

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Freshly tilled earth in the garden

A Garden Grows: Time-lapse Vegetable Garden

Freshly tilled earth in the garden
How it all began this spring: freshly tilled garden (I am moving towards no-till but that is another topic)
the garden shortly after planting: potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, chard, marigolds, bush beans, corn, cucumbers, and pumpkins this year (plus a few watermelons I snuck in).
This is the garden a couple of weeks after planting, around mid-June: potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, chard, marigolds, bush beans, sunflowers, corn, cucumbers, and pumpkins this year (plus a few watermelons I snuck in).
the garden a few weeks after planting
Two weeks later. Spoiler: that wood pile disappears in a few more photos…

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