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post #11 of 16

Hi, and welcome to BYC! I think a roof is a must, if you want to keep your chickens longer that a week or two.  Also, I have a 6ft. high fence all the way around my run, and a couple of the hens can fly out with no problem, and they're considered heavy breeds. I think your chickens will be happier with a roof over them, especially in one of those downpours!

Crazy is, as crazy does. 

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post #12 of 16

not a house without a roof

post #13 of 16

Something no one else has mentioned yet - if you don't have a bird proof run you'll lose a good percentage of your (expensive!) feed to the wild bird population and also risk introducing mites, viruses etc to your chickens from the wild birds as well.

Proud chickie-mama to Cinnamon (Welsummer), Nutmeg (Barnevelder), Omnitrix (white cross), Lilly Pilly (red cross) and Thor (red cross).


I made an auto treadle feeder for my chooks! Check it out here! http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=91980-treadle-feeder-project

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Proud chickie-mama to Cinnamon (Welsummer), Nutmeg (Barnevelder), Omnitrix (white cross), Lilly Pilly (red cross) and Thor (red cross).


I made an auto treadle feeder for my chooks! Check it out here! http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=91980-treadle-feeder-project

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post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by Nonny 

Something no one else has mentioned yet - if you don't have a bird proof run you'll lose a good percentage of your (expensive!) feed to the wild bird population and also risk introducing mites, viruses etc to your chickens from the wild birds as well.


I agree with Nonny.  A flock of sparrows around here can eat a bag of wild bird seed in an afternoon(25lb bag).  The lice and mites are also a big concern for your flock.  At bare minimum you could cover your run with 1 inch chicken wire?

post #15 of 16
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Thank you everyone for all the great advice!   Revising my plans accordingly.  xx

post #16 of 16
Hey guys, I have a chicken run For 3 2 1/2 month old chickens, an I just use a old cooler with a blanket in it as the chicken house? They don't lay eggs yet. And it is 60-80 degrees on average, at night it hits 50. Will they be warm enough with out. Real chicken coop?
This is until we build our giant chicken coop next week.
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