Group used to test this huddle box not all that young and are American Game. When run for real in the coming year the home is to run Missouri Dominiques and American Dominiques through it. Lots of upgrades will be made by that time. Cardboard will not be used.
These guys are very much juveniles (8 males: 1 female) with the youngest about 12 weeks and single oldest about 17 weeks. Even the youngest would be able to roost in trees with little or no protection from elements so long as well fed. With these guys I have not concern about draft. I suspect that once the bed down for night the guys in middle are are getting a little hot. Tail feathers are being damaged so better birds in the group will be penned separately before long.
The really like going into box when the hay is piled high, not so much when it is largely scratched out.
With roof / top on the huddle box, they want to roost on top of it, hence was removed. That should not be an issue with younger American Dominiques that are slow to roost up. The box's need to be sized properly for size and number of birds. Current arrangement is almost too tight.Edited by centrarchid - 1/10/17 at 4:22am