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I should make myself clearerI should make myself clearer -- the chicks start in the brooder, then when they don't need supplemental heat (4-6 weeks, depending on the season) I move them into the hen house in their "growing pen", where they stay -- protected from the hens and other hazards of growing up by chicken wire and space-- until they are big enough and smart enough to fend for themselves.

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