Behind schedule with coop!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Plinky, Mar 30, 2016.

  1. Plinky

    Plinky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2016
    I was planning to have my coop built two weeks ago, but illness, weather, etc have caused delays. We have 4 chicks 4 - 4 1/2 weeks. As I wrote in another post different stages of development one mostly down, one mostly feathers... They are flying around the brooder box (2 x 2 x 5') and I feel like I've got to get them somewhere bigger and better!
    So I think I should build a "tractor" and put if out on warm days (possibly with a lamp run out if the temp is less than 75° during the day) and bring the tractor into the garage at night (with heat lamp as garage is cool). Later I can use the tractor in my garden or as an isolation pen.
    This will get me time to build the coop the way I want to.
    Does that sound like something that will be ok to do?
    My big concern are predators. We have EVERYTHING, really EVERYTHING.
    I have seen that most tractors do not have wire floors in the run part. I would like the chicks to be able to scratch and peck at the ground but I am afraid that some critter will crawl under the edge and attack them.
    Would it be horrible to have a hardware cloth floor in the tractor?
    In the permanent coop I am planning a deep litter run with a deeply buried wire perimeter.

    Sorry if these questions are obvious but I really appreciate just sounding out other chicken owners on this forum!
  2. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2016
    Saint Louis, MO
    Oh, I hear you on the "behind building the coop" thing! My first chicks are 10 weeks old now--I kicked them outside into a 10x10' dog kennel two weeks ago when they started flying all over the brooder room.

    A tractor sounds like a fine idea. I would also put hardware cloth on the bottom. Would be heartbreaking to have raised them this far just to lose them now.
  3. Plinky

    Plinky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2016
    I hate to say it, but I have not yet got this built!
    I am going to TRY to do it Tomorrow. It would help me (since I am new to chickens) to know if a size something like a 2' x 4' x 2 1/2' high enclosed area with an attached 4' x 4' x 2 1/2' wire enclosed area would work for 2-3 weeks until I can get the permanent coop built.
    I am also worried about them getting their toes caught in a wire mesh bottom, but don't want predators to get them either. I'm thinking I'll put shavings in the run over the wire. Thanks for any help!

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