Hello-I am still very new to this group. I really need some good advice. I am a newbie and I made a huge mistake when I started my flock. I was inpatient and brought home two 4 week old chicks, one was "sexed" and another straight run. That is all this particular farm had. My plan was to start my flock with 5 chickens and bring home 3 younger chicks in September, which we did. Now I have created a huge age disparity problem.
I'm going to try and be clear. It's confusing. My three chicks are now 5 and 6 weeks old. The brooder that I created for them they have outgrown. Time just got away from me. The dimensions are 18 inches wide by 50" long and 13" tall. I never planned on using this for this long. They have to live inside with us for a bit longer that I had originally planned due to the age differences of the chickens that are in the coop (3 months now). So I am trying to figure out what material to use to give them more headroom. I will move them to our garage. I can still offer them heat because not all of them are fully feathered, but close. I could use an ex-pen that's 2 feet high and then cover it with hardware cloth and 1x2's, but I'm concerned about what to put on the floor of the garage. I don't want chicken poop everywhere. I would also have to get creative in creating a roosting area that's higher for them to practice roosting. So yes, I am looking for an indoor chicken living arrangement and I'm a bit stressed.
I have learned a valuable lesson here, but during my learning process I don't want to keep my chicks in a cage like environment, which is what my brooder is kind of like now for them. They are wanting to explore a little more.
To make matters worse, my straight run Phoenix turned out to be a cockerel AND I strongly suspect that my Black Australorp chick is a rooster too. Only time will tell I know, but I have a plan to get a 3 month old pullet from a local chicken farmer who is a breeder and then two 4 week old chicks.
If anyone has any ideas on what materials I can use to set up their bigger next level chicken home, I would greatly appreciate it. I don't have time to build anything as I want this done before I go out of town for overnight and so my husband won't be too stressed.
Thank you in advance.
Lisa in Seattle