THE PROCESS OF MOVING YOUR CHICKENS

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If you raise chicks, you are probably wondering about moving them from the brooder box outside to their permanent home. Your local climate and the availability of outdoor heating should have an impact on your decision, but the most basic rule of thumb is that your chicks must be fully feathered before you put them out full time without supplemental heat.

 

Chickens of various breeds get their full feathers at different stages, so research your breed to determine when you should expect to be able to permanently move them outdoors.

 

TAKING THE GRADUAL APPROACH TO MOVING OUT

Some individuals use a graduated approach to move their chicks outside. If you no longer need a heat lamp for your indoor chicks, move the brooder to a colder part of your home. Chickens who have most of their feathers during warm days, sometimes between 2 and 4 weeks old can spend the afternoon outdoors and return to the brooder at night. To get your chicks used to being outdoors, try the indoor/outdoor routine for many days in a row.

 

If the chicks display signs of discomfort by huddling together or noisy and constant cheeping, they may be too cold and should be brought in or equipped with a heat lamp. Chickens will sometimes have all their feathers after 4 to 5 weeks of age, depending on the breed, and they will be ready to be out full time without a heat source.

 

A FASTER METHOD MOVING THE CHICKENS OUT

Another approach is to harden your chicks faster by putting them out early without any period of transition, usually two weeks into the brooder. If your chicks are showing signs of distress, bring them inside or provide an outdoor heat source.

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Whether your approach is gradual or rapid, have the outdoor space ready for your chickens. Ensure that their feeder and water source are properly set up and functioning and that their coop is elevated 6 to 12 inches off the ground. If you have a run for them, make sure they are connected and safe.

 

FINDING HOME OUTSIDE FOR THE CHICKEN

When you’re ready to move your chickens outside full time, teach them where “home” is by keeping them three to four days in their coop. Even if your birds are always in a confined area, training them to enter the coop at night will be helpful in preventing predation

Where to buy Chickens in Akwa Ibom State

Since chicken is the only meat that has no negative health conditions, you can always use it to prepare any local and continental dishes of your choice. In Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria, you can buy chickens from sofreshchikens.com at the following locations;

  • Uyo, The Akwa Ibom State capital:

    Number 215 Udo Umana Street opposite Akpan Andem Market, Uyo

  • Oron, Akwa Ibom State:

    Number 27 Market Square by Aba Street, Oron, Akwa Ibom State

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