Sunday was the day the littles (this year’s chicks) movec from the brooder in the garage out to a larger brooder area in the coop with the bigs (our existing flock). . We started the littles under the lights in a dog crate in the garage where we have fewer temperature fluctuations. The big drawback is even with the heat lamp and the overhead lights on, they get almost no sunshine. There is no scientific data, but I think that slows their development. Several times we have thought about moving them out to the coop but the last couple of weeks have been snowy and cold so we passed as much for ourselves as them. This week’s forecast is much better so we are moving them out of the garage.
RangerSir got the set up ready for them.It takes some set up time to get a warm safe, draft free space set up for them in the coop. They need to be protected from the bigs. We have been doing this now for awhile and know the routine. It is a combination of a dog exercise pen, a dog crate, heat lamps, chicken wire top, and some kind of draft protection (this year plywood, some years it is cardboard.) This set up will do for the next stage of their life.