It’s the time of year when spring chicks are getting big enough to be outside. They are fully feathered and no longer need heat. It’s definitely time to get them out of the brooder! Now the big question is: Where do they go from here? Most of us are eager to get them into the coop, but if you already have a full grown established flock in there it might not be such a good idea. Full grown chickens could injure or kill the much smaller chickens. They could keep them from the feed or water or chase them out of the coop and not let them back in. Anything could happen really. It’s kinda like letting the grade school kids out to play with the high school class. You’d like for it to work and it usually does, but sometimes it goes bad real fast. This is where a grow out pen might come in handy. So, what is a grow out pen, and do you need one?
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