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I keep them in a dog cage thing that is quite large (I use the largest type, 48") It's lined with hardware cloth and I use blue tarp to cover them up at night. But wouldn't fabric suffocate them? 

Fabric breathes better than tarp material. So you don't have a coop at all?

Do they stay in the dog cage all day long? Do they have a run? How many do you keep in the dog cage? What breeds? And how big exactly is this dog cage?

post #32 of 35
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Fabric breathes better than tarp material. So you don't have a coop at all?

Do they stay in the dog cage all day long? Do they have a run? How many do you keep in the dog cage? What breeds? And how big exactly is this dog cage?

No, they sleep in the dog cage. I let both of them out during the day into the yard. They're rhode island reds and the cage is 48 inches x 29 inches x 32 inches

post #33 of 35

Free range in the yard from morning till dusk, or only supervised outside time?


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Free range in the yard from morning till dusk, or only supervised outside time?

morning till dusk. i technically supervise them all the time, because my desk is in front of the yard and I can monitor what they're doing.

post #35 of 35

Might be time to pick up some pallets and start building them a coop. The kennel is just barely big enough for two large breed hens, without nesting boxes. A coop will also be darker and more enclosed (muffling sound), so there will be less early morning noise. A simple 4x4 structure will be more than enough room, and allow enough space for roosts and nesting boxes. And it can be built in less than a day, even if you aren't handy at all.

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