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26 Chicks running wild

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bjcoop, May 13, 2007.

  1. bjcoop

    bjcoop Songster

    Mar 22, 2007
    Western New York
    I am afraid of letting my 26 "chicken" 5 week old chicks out during the day. They are currently in the nursery part of my coop with heat at night (we're still having frost warnings at nite). I open the coop's garage doors so they can look outside and watch us during the day, but close them up at night. They scatter everywhere when I come in to feed/water or treat them, and my big hens also scare them. Can I just let them out or should I build a rickshaw chicken tractor for the few weeks it will take for them to learn the ropes.
    ps: we have a mean chicken-eating dog next door, a wily fox, owls, and we're on the nitetime route of a traveling skunk.

    home to 4 superfriendly Delis, 1 (not too brite) JG, 1 lil red bantam (my shadow) and 26 really scardycat chicks
  2. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    I would chicken tractor them if you don't have a run available. That way they see the older chickens and the older ones see them. Introductions with a barrier are always better.

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