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Move to the Coop!

Moving keets to the barn—Keets 12 Days Old

The keets are standing under the heat lamp in a hay lined chicken coop.

Typically the move from inside the house to the coop should be done at 14 days old. In this case I moved them at 12 days. The keets were getting too big for their indoor brooster. They were trying to fly and were running into the walls. The weather is just right; we are in the middle of a heat wave with temperatures above 90º F every day for the next week. A heat lamp will be provided for the nights, which are still above 70º F.

Keets are in a coop lined with hay with a heat lamp over top of them with food and water dispencers next to it.

The keets are not so sure of their new home at first. I keep the food and water fairly close to the lamp for the first night and will move them a little farther away the second night.

Keets are laying under the heat lamp inside of a hay lined coop.

After an hour or so the keets seem to be enjoying their new home. They are already looking for bugs to eat.

The water dispenser is in the chicken coop and the keets are in under the heat lamp. There is a mirror next to them leaning on the wall.

Time to get out the bigger water and food feeder; I still have the smaller feeders out until the keets get used to their new home.

The keets are under a heat lamp inside the hay lined coop. There is a grey and white cat sitting on a window sill above the keets looking down at them.

Notice the cat in the window. Wouldn't he like to get into the coop! BTW, that window has chicken wire across it. Soon the keets will grow big enough that the cats will not try to eat them. The cats will always be curious, but they will not be able to eat a full-grown guinea fowl.

The new keet coop inside of a chicken coop barn. It has a wooden door and a wire mesh wall strengthened by wood beams.

View from outside the coop.