The best advice I can offer is ALWAYS build your coop at least 3 times (not 2) bigger than you think is necessary!!! I started with 5 chicks and within 1 week MY HUSBAND, not me, snuck in 1 more...didn't even tell me. I now have exactly 3 times as many as I first started with 3 years ago and I LOVE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM!!!
Also...while on the subject...if you have a broody hen and she hasn't given up, then you don't give up either!!! I have a hen that has been sitting for almost a month (and yes, I have catered to everyone single one of her needs from hand feed food & treats, to water, to letting her out...waiting...and then holding the egg door so she can get back to her eggs on the brooder box side) and I just don't have the heart to take her eggs that I just candled and are no longer alive So what do you do you ask??? Put more under her and sneak the bad ones out....there's nothing better than a dedicated mother's love
Edited by Feathered Landings - 2/29/12 at 11:17pm