Originally Posted by lalaland
Additional coops: for me it is for the red rangers I'm trying out for meat (all pullets so odds are I might keep a layer or two and trade off roosters that will hatch with broodies this spring). And I wouldn't mind having an alternate coop to give the ground a chance to recover around the current coop.
Something tried hard to get into the quail run/coop last night! I thought I heard a noise, but it was all quiet for a while until I fell asleep. THis morning found the corrugated tin roof panels on the run torn off and on the ground. I laid them on top of the hardware cloth roof to provide snow protection for the quail. They were staggered and weighed down with cement blocks, so whatever tore them off had some strenght to it. Its all grass around that run, so no tracks to be seen.
Think a coon could pull the panels out from under the cement blocks? The wind sure can't.
Yes, a coon can tear alot apart. They are much stonger than you would think.
Originally Posted by KlopKlop
DW and I have been spending lots of time sitting in the basement watching Chick TV. THey are so fun to watch! I swear you can see them growing if you watch close enough!
We had a discussion tonight about what would happen if we had put one of our BA hens in with them when they were day old. She is right on the cusp of wanting to be broody (sits on the nest all day but still goes to roost at night). we were thinking it would be fun to watch her be a mama but had concerns about her being a disease vector for the fragile chicks as well as what if she didnt like them and injured them on accident. Plus the brooder isnt quite set up to house a hen with them. it is a cardboard box with the top cut off she would have no issues hopping out and roaming the basement
If she decided to broody them, she would stay in the box with them. Well she might hop out but she would hop back in again when the chicks didn't come out with her. I don't think she would take to them though if she hasn't been sitting for at least a little while. You could always try it but keep a good watch on her. I would probably put her in the box and cover it with something to start with. Put them in the dark and hope her mother instinct takes over. Listen for any distressed cheeping or the hen growling. If she clucks at them or just quietly lets them crawl under her, they should be ok.