The First Two Weeks of a Chicken’s Life

Early Care is Important to Establishing a Chick’s New Home

The First Two Weeks of a Chicken’s Life
Add to Favorites By Romie Holl, Wisconsin I have wanted chickens for a while now for the eggs and meat. They provide the added benefit of eating bugs and ticks out of the garden as well as supplying manure. I not only wanted dual-purpose birds, but birds that could handle the Wisconsin winters. While I know the color of the eggs does not matter when it comes to the quality of what’s inside, I wanted a rainbow of egg colors, so I purchased white layers, different shades of brown layers (some speckled), and a few Easter Eggers. By the time I counted up all the hens, I came up with 23 of them. Then I added two roosters to the mix. This way I won’t have to buy chicks anymore. Getting Ready for My New Arrivals I set up the brooder before the chicks arrived. I was given this nice commercial
3 thoughts on “The First Two Weeks of a Chicken’s Life”
  1. Did I understand you correctly? You only kept your chicks in the brooder box for two weeks before putting them outside in the coop? I always heard they shouldn’t go out until they are fully feathered. Please tell me if I’m wrong.

    1. Hi, you are correct that the chicks need to be fully feathered to go outside if the temperatures are lower than the chick’s body can handle at that age. (For a great table that shows what temperatures they need at which age, see our story “How Long Do Chicks Need a Heat Lamp?” For instance, if it’s constantly 95F outside, the chicks don’t even need a heat lamp. Since the author has not specified if his coop uses a heat lamp, or if he lives in a warmer climate, we have asked him for clarification and will post his comment soon. Thanks for your comment!

  2. Hi there. I contacted Romie, the author, and here is his reply:
    “I live in Wisconsin and enjoy the four seasons. This batch of chickens was during the summer and it was warm (for us) during the day, lower 80s, and at night it didn’t drop below 60.
    While the chickens were in the brooder in the house, they rarely were under the heat lamp.
    I did leave one heat lamp in the chicken coop. But every time i checked on them, they were not anywhere near it.”

    I hope this helps!

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