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Unexpected move with a one month lapse date--where to keep my hens!?

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Hi all-

My 19 (mostly different breeds, cold hardy) are going to have a one month lapse while I move into my new home (only 2 hours away, same elevation, great coop ready for them there).  No rooster, minimum noise.

Seller of home won't let me bring them in early.  Buyer of my current home won't let me keep them here--this is with already offering total maintenance, and they can keep all eggs!  Have asked around my community (pretty rural, so I thought someone might let me do something temporary)--no go.  All of the chicken keepers here are unlikely, too, since adult birds don't assimilate well to change.  Have put out ads locally, in new location, Craigslist, etc (even offering rent), but nothing.  Plus, don't know what I'd keep them in for that one month.

I absolutely will not "get rid of them" in any way!  

Please, please--any help?  I have 3 weeks from today!

Thanks in advance,

Kirsten

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Where are you located?

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Colorado.  Moving from just south of Parker to foothills outside of Golden.

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Parker is about an hour from me and Golden an hour and a half. I'm not set-up for chickens, I just have 4 10-week-old ducks now. I have an 8ft x 6ft coop but I don't have roost bars or nesting boxes. I guess they could be added pretty easily. It is connected to a 8ft x 25ft run (picture below). They all might be a little mushed together but if it's only a month it would probably be okay. The ducks could just sleep in the run under the coop as that is what they seem to prefer anyway.

 

I do let my ducks out in my fenced backyard for about two hours a day on weekdays and more on weekends. My fence is only 5 ft tall. I could probably arrange to work from home a few days a week to let them out more. I have two small dogs (less than 20 lbs) but they have been great with my ducks. But I can't have any of the birds being aggressive towards the dogs either. Its not ideal but if you don't find a better solution and are willing to drive them down here and help with the coop modifications, I might be able to help.

 

I'm aware you wouldn't be able to drive down here daily to feed and water. I could take care of that.

 

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This could really work out!  I have absolutely everything we'd need (and it won't leave marks, all temporary!).  Depending on where you are in Co Springs, I probably could make it down (I'm in Elizabeth new property in Coal Creek), and I'm more than willing to pay for the help!  All of the hens have been hand raised by me since they were two days old, and they are so mellow that they don't even get upset when the neighborhood "bully" cat walks by the chicken wire.  Your dog looks adorable!  We just lost our 16 year old American Eskimo, so I love the idea that there's a dog around.  Can we email?  I'm kirsten@keylinkinc.net

Thank you a million times!

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What a great connection..rare on a nationwide site....hope it works out for y'all!

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Thread Starter 

Agreed!  I've been chatting online with her, and it sounds like a great fit!!!

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