Have just had an idea re perch- maybe I could just swap out the piece of pine that forms the top rung/perch with untreated wood, as that will be the roosting place of preference and they will just be using the ladder system to get up there. That's assuming all 10 of them will be able to squash in on it. It's only 86cm wide, so maybe not.
There's also another problem with their soon to be yard area, a close inspection has revealed that the chicken wire fencing (that we dug into the ground and weighted down with bricks, about 4 years ago has rusted away and the fencing is now able to be lifted up from the ground all the way around!
That's what got me wondering about treated pine in chook yards, because I was tossing up whether to use some treated pine boards that we have spare or corrugated sheet metal also spare, to put around base of fencing to eliminate the gaps. Any suggestions on this fencing prob are also welcome
The coop renovations have continued with yesterday spent cementing up gaps and holes at the base of the coop which has for years let in rain at the base. It looks much more water proof now and I'm hoping it will keep the saw dust dry as well as give those nasty mites no where to hide.
The chicks are now going into their 8th week now and I was thinking about putting them into the coop by the end of the week. Assuming I manage to get all the fencing/perch repairs done by then. They all seem fully feathered and have been going without their brooder light during the days and a few nights recently. Will I need to take the brooder light into the coop with them in case there's a few cold nights? How long do I keep them in the coop for to get them used to it, before letting them have the run of their yard?
Sorry for all the questions! Any advice much appreciated
Our over night temps at the moment are around 6c and my brooder babies go out onto the grass full time but 3 weeks of age. Our day time temps are around 25c at the moment but I do the same in winter too where we can get into the minuses over night.