Hi, we're newbies. Clueless newbies.
A local farmer asked my 12 yo to hatch some eggs in an incubator. He said he'd take the chicks back after they hatched. Sure, no problem, we'll just return the chicks when they hatch, we thought.
LOL. He knew what he was doing. He knew we'd be hooked, and we are.
While he's willing to take them back, we want all eight of them. We LOVE these chicks. We want them in our house, WE LOVE THEM.
Forget the eggs, we LOVE these chicks.
That said, given our circumstances (in town, close neighbors, small yard with urban predators) we want to try to keep about three or four of them. They are bantams.
I am a single mom with my hands full, and limited money to spend. I know you are going to tell me we can build a coop, and I bet we can. I just can't take it on right now.
But I have been looking at the SnapLock coops and Eglu coops and wow, they would be great. I have a storage shed and a three season porch we don't use, attached to my house as additions. At night I could just pick up the coop and bring it into the shed or unheated porch, and then have it as part of a portable chicken tractor in the daytime. In my thoughts anyway, that's my ideal. I can pick it up off the stand and bring it in the shed. Then in the morning, put it back on the stand and tractor it to a new space.
I could build a stand and a run I think. I just like the plastic coops.
I would like to be able to clean it with a hose, that's my priority, and have it be light enough and portable enough for me to move, carry.
The price of both the SnapLock and Eglu are expensive though. I have searched high and low. I need advice on whether you guys think I could modify this insulated doghouse a bit to fit what I need:
www.aslsolutionsinc.com and click on the Dog Palace picture it will give inside and outside dimensions. There is a removable triangular shaped window in the lower part of the door and another window just like it in the rear panel. (These are removed for summer ventilation only) The dog gets air from an 1/8” gap around the door. The window is small and the dog can see out but it is difficult for you to see in without opening the door to look in. The house weighs about 70 lbs. also sell Solar powered exhaust fans as an option.( usually for hot climates)
What do you guys think? I feel like I should just bite the bullett and buy one of the plastic coops. Is the Snap Lock or Eglu Go better? I want the chickens to bring us pleasure, and I think having the easiest coop is best for us right now, even if we have to sell our car to pay for it.
Any other ideas? We are in southern Maine, and don't really know where chicken people buy their stuff. We need to know that too.
We are clueless. But we love these chicks. We will miss them when they are in their coop.