The chicks are nearly five weeks old now (how did that happen?!) and getting bigger everyday. I have raised several flocks of chicks but I am always amazed each time at how fast they grow, and how stinky they get! We originally had the chicks in a small wash basin of sorts in the guest room. When they outgrew that we moved them into a bigger tub in the garage. When they outgrew that, we moved them into the shower in the guest bathroom. And now, they've outgrown that! So outside to the coop they go.
Our other chickens sleep in a different coop close by, so the chicks have this one all to themselves until they are big enough to mix in with the flock. I hooked up the heat lamp just in case they need it because they aren't quite fully feathered yet and it still gets a little chilly at night here. But so far they haven't seemed to need any extra warmth.
In a few more weeks, after they are used to the coop, we will let them outside to roam around a small enclosed area. There is a little run attached to this coop that is separate from the main chicken run, but they will all be able to see each other. This is a very important step in integrating flocks - letting them get used to each other for a while through a fence before you put them all together.
They are still quite a ways away from being integrated with the main flock, but for now, they are at least hearing the other chickens and getting used to the sound of roosters and guineas! This will definitely help to make their transition into the main flock as seamless as can be.