Originally Posted by KDOGG331 No coop outside yet as these are our first chickens so it's not built yet.
You got serious problems! Drop everything and start on that coop! They will need to be in it WAY faster than you think and building it will take WAY longer than you think. Your best bet, REALLY
, is to get that thing built and brood the chicks in it. Not only does it remove their trauma of being moved to new digs when they outgrow the brooder space, your dad can stop with the "chickens stink and everything near them stinks and it will ALWAYS stink" bit because they will be in the coop.
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You have mice
Originally Posted by wahoochix
Ok, we are new at this. We have 3 little Buffs coming this week. So starting them now in the fall I have been wondering when a actual "safe" time would be to transition them. We of course are all set up to do the heat lamp BUT really like this idea much better. How long should we do this method indoors before moving it outdoors. Right now our over night temperature is anywhere from 50 to 36 degrees. We are so excited to start this new experience and we just want to do it right!
Start them out in the coop unless you really just can't stand to not visit with the cute little fluffies ALL THE TIME (which is perfectly normal).
Originally Posted by wahoochix
Noticed my pictures didn't upload the last time.We just need to finish the hardware cloth. So we set up the heating pad cave up in the coop and keep their door to the run open during the day just like if we had older chickens running around? And also looking at the picture....when the coop gets put in place outside we will pull the wheels up so it will be flush against the ground. Tank you so much for your help!!
You don't want chicks navigating the ramp. Can you make a removable 1/2" hardware cloth screen and put it in during the day with the big side door open? Then they can see the outside world and have light and fresh air. You might need to block off the nest boxes until they are big enough to get back in the coop part if they go/fall into the nest boxes. It won't take too long, my now 19 week old birds were flying up 2 feet at 2 weeks of age.
Also, add more cleats to the ramp - 3" spacing even for adult birds. And elevate the end, it is pretty steep.
Originally Posted by 3riverschick
Last season I raised 42 chicks on our enclosed front porch last season in brooders. Never again. It was a smelly mess. Chicks do not belong in the house. They only keep their down for a short time. Then they start to get feathers. The down comes off them as a fine dust. It covers everything. It looks like regular household dust but it isn't. It's literally chick down. Very unsanitary. It can't be cleaned by just dusting like regular household dust. It just blows it round if you try. It needs to be carefully wiped up with cleaning liquid on a damp cloth and then wiped again with a dry cloth. Otherwise your house basically has the germs of a chicken coop. I think sometimes folk think chicks are like puppies and kittens. They aren't Because of the dust issue. Your dad is just trying to keep his house sanitary for his family.
You can successfully brood these chicks in the garage. No problem. How many do you have? You just need some electricity and you are good to go. You need 1 sq. ft. per chick. There are several kinds of brooders you can make easily. It depends on how many chicks you have? All are simple and inexpensive and have been used successfully for many years by a lot of people.
I raised a dozen chicks in a bathtub in the house 3 years ago. They went outside to the coop when they were 3 weeks old and couldn't get back into the tub from the floor though they had no problem getting out.
I have NO idea what this smelly mess thing is all about. Mess? Yes, you have to clean up often, they aren't dogs trained to go outside. The bathroom was HOT (due to the heat lamp) bit it didn't stinkl. I also have no idea about the chick dander or any of the other concerns. Dusting regular dust does nothing more that throw it back into the air so it can land somewhere else. I don't see where "chicken dust" is any different.
The smell thing might have more to do with how many, in what size space, and how often it is cleaned.