Originally Posted by NanaNeen
Next question...we bought I little prefab coop to get started. After reading this thread and noting the dimensions of other coops, I'm wondering, is the4 linear feet of roosting pole space sufficient for six white Leghorns? I'm told they will be smaller than some breeds. We are going to add a 3'x16' extra run to it. I already plan to build a larger indoor coop later in the year or next spring, but will this space for for now?
What BP said. 8" in the WINTER can work because they pack in. 12" minimum in warmer weather. And if someone lives where 80F IS winter weather (like the temperature variation in Aruba is about 10F night to day and 75F to 95F "winter" to summer") it is 12" year round.
The run you plan to add is big enough for < 5 grown large fowl chickens. I don't know how big the run (if there is one, you said "add") you already have is. Your space will likely be outgrown by the 6 Leghorns before they are 5 months old. I'd start on the new coop now, or maybe I'd start on the BIG run now and when that is finished start on the bigger coop.
Not trying to rain on anyone's parade but SO many people believe (having no reason not to) what the manufacturers' claim for # of chickens. I swear those manufacturers have never raised chickens or they think that battery cage hens live good lives at the huge egg factories.
Originally Posted by tjparker60
So buy the nipple set up from Brite tap and get the coolers elsewhere? If I bring the coolers inside for the winter can I keep it from freezing?
If you feel the need to have a "plug and play" solution, yes. You can bring water in at night since the birds will be up on the roosts but what are you going to do during the day? Doesn't take long for a small amount of water like the "reservoir" holds to freeze. It will start on the outside and slowly freeze to the center.