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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25 Singing Chickens

Mottled Java chick, 2 weeks
Mottled Java Ancona chick, 2 weeks

We live in the country, which is usually a pretty dependably pretty quiet place to live. The Barred Rocks are quiet birds, and have been since they were wee little chicks.  Turns out that the noise level among chickens is highly variable. Mottled Javas Ancona chicks, so far, sound like a flock of chirpy chatty warbly singing chickens. They make a lot of noise. Moments of quiet are few and far between. (Editor note: as it turns out, the hatchery had sent me the wrong breed.  These chicks were not mottled Javas at all, they were (and now are) a breed known as Ancona, a flighty and vocal breed).

Mottled Java chick, two weeks
Mottled Java Ancona chick, two weeks, with clearly operatic influences in that tail

I have been wondering if this might be a breed characteristic, and possibly… could it be that this incessant level of chirpy noise contributed to their current “critical” conservation status?  No, no, that’s not very nice.

Let me tell you about my day... in chirp and warble.
Let me tell you about my day… in chirp and warble.

Excuse me while I go out to the coop for a minute for some peace and quiet so I can hear myself think.  These chicks are heading out to the garage this weekend, and then to the coop a couple of weeks later, or as soon as the weather is warm enough. We are now in week three, when going gets generally tougher, in terms of dust and aroma.   I would really, really, really like my house back!

But for now, we have 25 warbly, singing chickens, entering week three in the brooder.

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Oscar likes to keep an eye on things while he naps.

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