Chicks at Six Weeks

April 27, 2010

Henny Penny

Henny Penny got all the good snuggles- lucky girl . . .

I showed you what the chicks looked like as peeps the other day. Remember how I said that they get big very quickly? See what I mean? They’re six weeks old in these pictures, and they look kind of like scrawny adolescents. You can move chicks into their coop when they are fully feathered- usually around 2 1/2 to three months. But, you have to get them ready for that. Starting when the girls were six weeks old, we took them outside most days to get them used to being outdoors. Think of it as hardening off the chicks. I’ll explain- hardening off is what you have to do when you’ve been growing seedlings inside. You take them outside for a few hours a day for a few days before you plant them. This gets them used to being outside and helps to reduce the shock when they’re transplanted. The same concept applies with getting the chicks ready to live outside. Well, sort of.

I’ll just add that by 2 1/2 to three months, the girls were getting sort of big and obnoxious. I was glad to have them out of the garage!

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