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  1. NatJ

    New to chickens - already built coop - tell me what's wrong (or right) - Florida

    Chicks can be raised safely outside, too. It's just a matter of getting the conditions right: predator-proof pen, correct temperature, enough protection from wind and rain.
  2. NatJ

    New to chickens - already built coop - tell me what's wrong (or right) - Florida

    I raised chicks outside in Virginia one summer, in a dog kennel covered with hardware cloth, with a tarp over 3/4 of it and a heat lamp inside. It worked pretty well. (They went outside the day they arrive at the Post Office. The space was 4 x 6 feet, and I think there were 15 chicks, with no...
  3. NatJ

    New to chickens - already built coop - tell me what's wrong (or right) - Florida

    Aart, do you have an explanation of why mesh would be better? I'm thinking it's not just cost or durability.
  4. NatJ

    New to chickens - already built coop - tell me what's wrong (or right) - Florida

    Those nice tight coops: the first thing we tell them is to add more ventilation. :) And hardware cloth is just as good as some kinds of siding, when it comes to keeping out predators.
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