Soooo I bought this coop online when my chicks were 3 weeks old, they stayed in the house in the brooder until 6 weeks old they are now 7 weeks old and staying out in the coop full time, i let them out to run around but only when supervised, the main issue i am having is getting them to go up the ramp and into the roost area at night, i have put a light in there but they just stay below and make a bunch of noise when i check on them and i end up picking them up and putting them up myself i try to get them to use the ramp but i think it is too steep. I dont have a pic of the inside but it has a bottom that i can pull out to clean, i have pine shavings in there and it has 2 roost bars but only a few inches above the removable pan and 2 nesting boxes that i have shut off to them right now (something i read on this website) . I am thinking of taking out the glass and adding hardware wire and cutting some holes up by the roof line for more ventilation, its been about 75 here at night but there is no ventilation besides the hole at the end of the ramp. We are also going to build a run to add on so they have more room.
Does anyone else have this coop? I have 4 chicks 2 Giant black Jerseys and 2 Ameracuanas (7 weeks old now) I had read the reviews on this and all seemed good, my husband thinks i am babying them too much and they will figure out how to get up there but i cant take them screeching and being scared.
Also right now we just kind of move the coop when they tear up all the grass etc but it will be moved to a shaded permanent location soon, i have read about putting sand down and i think i will try that but is that OK for the upper roost area? right now i have shaved pine up there.
The GOOD news: my dog you can see in the reflection of the coop window has been so great with them (was a big worry) so at least thats not an issue! :)
Thanks so much for any advice, I am so attached to them already we call them the Golden Girls and are named Dorothy, Sophia, Blanche and Rose! So yes i guess i baby them but just want them to be happy and healthy!