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Mon 23-Jan-12
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fran
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hi i have 5 8 week old sussex bantons when would be the best time to put them out in there hen coop ?  new to this

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Do they have all their feathers! My naturally reared chicks were out and about with their mum by 6 weeks free range in the garden. If they have their full feathers they should be ok but make sure the house has no draughts. There are plenty of experienced chicken keepers here who will no doubt put their thoughts on here.

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Mon 23-Jan-12
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hi thanks for the reply.. yes they are fully feathered just scared is to cold for them, its my first time with chicks. incubated them so they are like a part of the family

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Hi Fran,

Welcome to the forum. smile 

Have you had your bantams under heat lately, if so they can't go straight outside at this time of the year if they don't have a mother hen to keep them warm if they get chilled. If you can set up a pen in the garden with a warm covered & dry area they might be OK a calm dry day but personally I would not risk it. I always use broody hens to hatch my eggs, they guard their chicks well & are always gathering them up to give them a warm cuddle in cold weather. 

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Tue 24-Jan-12
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hi hattie they have not been under heat lamp for 3 or 4 weeks they have been in a room with some heat now they are in the tack room next to the stables they seem ok in there .. think i ill wait another few weeks and see what the weather is like

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wave Hi Fran from one Fifer to another.  Where about in Fife are you?

I raised chicks in an incubator last summer and like you transferred them to a shed first.  Mine were out after a few weeks, but it was not cold.  I would wait a wee while till the weather gets warmer.  As Hattie says they cannot hide under their mother for warmth

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Hi Fran, 

As your chicks are in your tack room would it be possible to make a temporary day-run that you could attach to the door jambs. It just needs a simple wooden frame which is then covered in chicken wire round the 3 sides & top...you need wire on the top to keep them in & cats etc. out. This would allow them to get out in the air in the pen & get used to the people & animals around. They will start to grow much faster & stronger this way while still being able to access a bit of warmth as well as being able to dry off in wet weather. I find that all my chickens hate being wet or blown about in the wind rather than the cold. 

I would put some branches in the cage, a kind of chicks jungle-gym so they can learn to perch & gain strength in their limbs & muscles. It also keeps them from getting bored & fighting. You can give them a bunch of weeds, tied to the branches to eat. A handful of meal-worms every now & then, as a treat, would be good for them. If you feed them chickweed or chives this will help against various internal nasties; chopped raw apple helps too (later you can just give them whole ones; mine devour windfall apples).

Once they have access to the open air they seem to grow much faster. 

Please keep us posted on their progress.

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