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. 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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I’m happy to answer your questions about raising chicks, or point you in the right direction if I don’t know myself.