Originally Posted by KDOGG331
Good point! I put her dry food out there (which probably defeats the purpose xD though she's been getting wet food lately so rarely eats it now anyway) but completely forgot water and litter box haha I ended up bringing her in though (and boy was she glad! And begging for another can) but tomorrow I may put her back out there or invest in some traps or a true barn cat or something.
If there are some mice, there will be more mice, unless you get a permanent exterminator (AKA barn cat). Save your kitty the trouble and trauma of being stuck in there and get the traps. They are cheap. And if some people think chickens smell, it is NOTHING compared to barfed up mouse guts. Two of our indoor cats have killed mice that managed to get up in the house from the basement. It was a near miss not barfing myself cleaning it up due to the smell. PEEEEEE YOUUUUU
Trick on the mouse traps I learned by trial and error. You must put them in an "alley" of some sort so that HAVE to cross the trap from the narrow end to get to the food (peanut butter is supposed to be good, they really aren't all that excited about cheese, cartoons to the contrary). If they can get in from the side, they will likely not get "snapped". Make the "alley" out of cardboard just the width of the trap. Or you can make an "alley" by placing the trap in a corner with a cardboard box next to the long side of the trap. Put the trap in a corner or against a wall in any case, they like the safety of running along the wall rather than in the open.
Originally Posted by KDOGG331
I thought I'd have a few months? :O they'll probably outgrow the brooder fast though and even if not, you're probably right that the coop will take longer. Especially since my dad's getting hip surgery the day they hatch and will probably be out a while so it really is probably more.limited time than I'm thinking though. But fortunately we're building it with pallets now so I think it will maybe take less time. We're going to pick up the pallets tomorrow after my dad's work so maybe we can start building this week. I forget though, is it possible to build entirely from pallet wood or will I have to use plywood on the floor?
And that is true about calming his concerns about the smell (btw is it true?).
And ahh, I was afraid of that. They used to hide dog food in the ski boots too lol and in fact, I'm glad you mentioned the mice again because I stuck my cat out there earlier today and I completely forgot she was out there!! Whoops!! I feel so dreadful! :O probably about time to bring her in haha unless I should leave her overnight to do some hunting?
You can make the floor out of pallet wood as well. You just have to make sure the "floor joists" are spaced properly. It will be quite strong, I have firewood stacked on pallets and it weighs a LOT more per square inch than you or your chickens. You will want to seal the floor or cover it with sheet vinyl or something. Dad is right about the smell being around forever if the chicken poop is in contact with the wood. ANY type of wood.
Originally Posted by azygous
You know the broody hen I told you all about a few weeks back who had adopted my three, then six-week old chicks? They are eleven weeks old now and Mama Su-su is still hovering and feeding them and protecting them. I think she must be some kind of mystical chicken saint.
Here she is standing guard. They all roost together, sometimes with one or two under her wings. As you can see, they are almost a big as she is.
Here's a tip for keeping your @$$ off the poopy ground when you play with your chicks. I filled feed sacks with straw, stapled them closed to keep the straw in, and threw them down inside the run. Of course, all the chickens now love to lounge on them, but when there's poop deposited on them, it just brushes right off, or wiped off with a damp hand wipe.
I thought you were going to say you throw them down as sitting pillows when YOU want to sit!