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    Breed?

    it is a long life! She was the last of our 12, but a few weeks before she passed her last friend mr. Fatty died, and she kept jumping the fence after that and running down into the woods. She eventually got eaten by a coyote before we could get her.
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    Breed?

    Does anyone know what breed this chicken is? This picture is of me when I was 4-5, and this was one of my favorite chickens named raccoony (because she ‘looked like a raccoon’). She lived to be 12-15. I’m not sure what color eggs she laid, but we used to get light brown, medium brown, cream...
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    My Cornish cross rooster, an oops

    I’m sad to announce, but Mr. Fat has died unexpectedly last night. I’m happy for all the time we’ve had together, but this was really unexpected. I let him out in the morning and he was his normal self, and when I went to lock them up at night, he was dead. He was over 20lbs when he passed, and...
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    How much to feed my Cornish cross?

    hopefully I’m doing something right! He can do everything that all the other hens can do, which includes running, jumping at the food can, pulling water dishes out of my hand, climbing up the stairs to get the food that I’m eating, and of course, shaking sand out of his feathers into my eyes...
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    How much to feed my Cornish cross?

    that’s a nice story, but I’m not trying to make him lose weight, I am trying to maintain his weight. I’m not sure this article will help with what I’m looking for, but it was nice to read about!
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    How much to feed my Cornish cross?

    Hi! I feed my layers 1/4 a pound per chicken per day, but I have this one Cornish cross that I have no idea how much to feed, as he always seems hungry. He was supposed to be a laying hen, but the store gave me him instead . He’s about 20lbs and I’m currently feeding him 1.5lbs per day (6...
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    Vents?

    It is VERY sturdy plastic, Not that weak thin netting. It seemed almost as strong as the hardware cloth, and twice as cheap, so I went with it instead. I only have to deal with stray cats and hawks in the day, so I don’t see an issue using it
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    Vents?

    Here are the pictures of the inside! One roost, 4 inches of pine flakes, and a milk crate covered and filled with hay
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    Vents?

    thats interesting! If it gets too hot in the summer I’ll be sure to switch it to the metal then, thank you! I’ve always made coops with shingles, so this is the first coop without them haha
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    Vents?

    I actually almost sealed the ribs, but I decided against it since the seals let as much air in as they blocked up. I did think after that it would be good for vents though. I also thought metal would heat up more? That’s why I decided to go for plastic. It seemed everyone was using it, and I...
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    Vents?

    no it’s alright! I figured you were more concerned about the inside
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    Vents?

    I did say where I was from, in the exact same post you quoted I can’t keep them inside, and I’d much rather them outside since they enjoy it way more.
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    Vents?

    I can’t really insulate the coop due to the way the doors are. I am using 4” of bedding + a hay filled milk crate. Like I said previously, I am not so worried about the heat of the summer. My other birds were just fine with a coop like this in the summer (and they lived 12 years). I am just...
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    Vents?

    I didn’t take pictures of the inside (I forgot). It’s just an open space with one roost in the corner, and about 4” of pine flakes as bedding. I will also be adding a milk crate full of hay and covered in hay tomorrow (the feed store wasn’t open today and I ran out of hay). I live in mid...
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    Vents?

    I finished the coop! I added 2 3” vents, but I can add 2 more if needed. The roof also adds a bit of ventilation since it’s not airtight underneath. Let me know what you think! There is 1’ of roof over the run, but I’ll be moving snow out as well when it snows heavy (also the birds are in there...
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    Vents?

    I’m not so much worried about summer heat because I can easily move the coop to a shaded area if needed (the coop and run are on wheels). I’m thinking about roofing the run, but I have never done so before with any other chickens and they all did fine. If it rains like crazy (which is rarely)...
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    Vents?

    no it’s alright! I posted the dimensions in the original post, but everyone seems to think it’s bigger, so I guess I should’ve posted a picture in the first post. would putting a box of hay in the coop be essentially the same thing as the dog crate? The two chickens are less then 3 pounds...
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    Vents?

    Should’ve probably posted my coop, so here’s a picture unfinished. The roof still has to go on, and the netting for the run part also has to be put on. Coop is 48”x30”x36” and the run is 3’3”x4’x30”
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