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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2009 4:38 pm 
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Hi I have eight chicks about 10 days old. How long should I keep them in their brooder? Also How long before I can put them outside on sunny days in a small cage on grass?

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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2009 4:45 pm 
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Elli, there is excellent information on brooding and raising chicks here:
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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2009 9:37 pm 
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Yes I have that info printed out but it does not really answer my questions such as when to put them outside on grass in the daytime. Do you keep them in the brooder for 4-6 weeks as it says without putting them outside in a cage for part of the time
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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2009 9:56 pm 
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elli,

Everyone is different. Mine are in a broody until nearly 8 weeks old, then they move into an inside pen until 10-12 weeks old. They dont go outside on the grass until at least 10 weeks of age and that is only on a sunny day.

Others will have other opinions, I do it my way because by 10 weeks they have developed their immunities to cocci therefore less trouble. Remembering that they pick up cocci off the ground.

The only hard and fast rules are that there arent any hard and fast rules. Good husbandry is knowing your stock, your conditions and how much room you have.

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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 8:52 am 
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Thanks Jocler. That is very helpful. I find not much is said about it in publications books etc.

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