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Chicken growth
Wed 18-Jan-12
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JoannaS
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I am trying to work out the best place for chickens to grow. I intend getting an incubator and rearing them indoors for as long as possible, then putting them out in an ark in our greenhouse, but...... our greenhouse doesn't have electric and so they can only go out there when it is warm enough, or they are big enough and I am trying to work out the logistics. A book I have read that says don't have them indoors past two weeks as they create an awful lot of dust but still has them heated to about 6-8 weeks. Help!

Also how big are they at different stages, I've only had three black rocks before at point of lay and so no idea how long they take to get to near adult size?what_the_heckwhat_the_heckwhat_the_heckwhat_the_heck

Wed 18-Jan-12
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wave Used to do most of my pheasants outside in huts with bottled gas brooder lamps . Starting from day old and off heat at about 4 weeks  depending on weather , heat is adjusted by raising or lowering the lamp . 

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Wed 18-Jan-12
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Arrh never thought of using bottled gas. Hmmm!

Wed 18-Jan-12
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Sorry I always use the mother hen who does a great job. They grow very fast, mine started growing proper wing feathers within a week of hatching and every day saw more feathers. By 6 weeks they looked like little chickens

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Wed 18-Jan-12
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The reason for getting an incubator is to enable us to get some better hens by buying in the eggs. They are a bit lacking in meat breeds around here and I do miss a good chicken

Wed 18-Jan-12
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wave When I used the incubator last summer I kept the chicks in the special heat box provided for about a fortnight.  Then I put them out in a shed inside a guinea pig hutch.  I had a heat lamp to heat the shed, but didn't use it.  They were fine and cosy as they had a nice dark bed area at one end of the hutch.  Like Aly said, they grow very quickly and become  self sufficient very soon.  I realise this was all on a very small scale compared to what you are doing, but it may help.

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Thu 19-Jan-12
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Yes it does Danuta, thanks.cheers

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