Aloha from the rescued flock

jfro

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I live on Kauai where there are lots of wild chickens. I love animals of all kinds and when I heard frantic peeping coming from the bushes at the community college a few weeks ago, I found 4 newly-hatched chicks stuck in a grate. I recruited some children with hands small enough to reach inside and grab them, but they were only able to rescue 3, as the last one was very small and weak. The three we did get are doing amazingly well and growing like weeks. They are currently living in a refrigerator box in my spare room and will be 3 weeks tomorrow. This is the first time I've ever raised chickens and have no experience at all with them, so the information I've found here has been invaluable. They are growing like weeds, however, and will soon outgrow the box and need a real (preferably outdoor) space.

I rent a small two bedroom home where I live alone, so keeping them in the house has not been a problem so far. I have a cat and a large dog who both get along with them very well. We also have many cats and dogs who roam the neighborhood freely and have attacked and killed chickens in the past, so letting my chickens roam in my un-fenced, very small side yard is not an option, as they have learned not to be afraid of my pets. The yard is mostly mud/dirt (and grows weeds VERY quickly if not maintained by the gardener) and is sloped. There is a bit of grass toward the front, but I don't know how my landlord would feel about having a chicken coop near the front of the house, on some of the last remaining living grass. I also have a fair sized carport with a large stone gravel bottom that I could potentially rig something up in as I never park my car in there.

So I guess my question is, what would be the best set-up for long-term housing for my three?
 

sunflour

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glad you have joined us and congrats on your new flock. Those are lucky chicks to have you take them home.

The unused carport sounds like the best place to build your coop with run.

You should visit the coop forums and explore how to predator proof their future home - and IMO also don't trust your own cat and dog, many folks have made that mistake and lost theirs to their own apparently chicken-friendly pets.

Consider starting a thread under the Coops forums with pics of the yard and carport to get specific input.

You should also visit the Learning Center - there are so many articles there to help you in raising and tending your flock.

Not trying to put pressure on you, but as you already see - they do grow quite fast and should be ready for a permanent home in just a few weeks.

Good luck with your new adventure.
 

sumi

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I second the above advice. The carport will provide more than adequate space for the 3 of them, but I would recommend securing it with some strong fencing to keep those dogs out.
 

drumstick diva

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1/2" hardware cloth is best for keeping predators out of chicken pens, and some covering over the roof, so raptors and climbing beasts can't get into their yard and kill them.

Wish you much success with your rescued chicks.
 

jfro

In the Brooder
Dec 27, 2015
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Kauai
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glad you have joined us and congrats on your new flock. Those are lucky chicks to have you take them home.

The unused carport sounds like the best place to build your coop with run.

You should visit the coop forums and explore how to predator proof their future home - and IMO also don't trust your own cat and dog, many folks have made that mistake and lost theirs to their own apparently chicken-friendly pets.

Consider starting a thread under the Coops forums with pics of the yard and carport to get specific input.

You should also visit the Learning Center - there are so many articles there to help you in raising and tending your flock.

Not trying to put pressure on you, but as you already see - they do grow quite fast and should be ready for a permanent home in just a few weeks.

Good luck with your new adventure.

Thank you for the great advice. I will head over to the coop forum to get their input.
 

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