Can i put silkies in a wire bottom hutch

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by BlaineWillard, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. BlaineWillard

    BlaineWillard Chirping

    111
    0
    99
    Jul 26, 2010
    North Carolina
    i built a big hutch 8ft long x 4ft wide it is off the ground about 3 ft with a wire bottom in it. Is this a good place i could put my silkies in? Will they go broody in a hutch like this?
     
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2010

  2. welasharon

    welasharon Songster

    3,946
    91
    236
    Jun 28, 2010
    North Florida
    I am no expert but that just seems so uncomfortable for their feet!
    sharon
     
  3. Chickadee93

    Chickadee93 In the Brooder

    93
    1
    41
    Mar 1, 2009
    PA
    The wire bottom could be easily fixed if you put a strip of linoleum or wood over it. Such a big coop that you could use with a simple fix.
     
  4. featherbaby

    featherbaby Songster

    1,587
    25
    161
    Jun 18, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL 32210
    I think they would get their foot feathers caught in the wire and break them. Breaking a blood feather is not a good thing. If they got really tangled up, they could fall and break a toe/leg. I wouldn't do it. Put a thin sheet of plywood covered with a vinyl remnant or painted with glossy outdoor paint in the bottom. Problem solved.
     

  5. Yes, you can. I use wire stilt pens that are covered with a tarp, to condition the silkies I am going to show. The wire is 1/4" hardware cloth and I havent had a problem with bumblefoot or their foot feathers breaking off. It keeps their foot feathers nice and clean. I also use the wire pens to break broodies. The air under their chest/stomach area helps to break them. That usually takes 7-12 days.
     
  6. BlaineWillard

    BlaineWillard Chirping

    111
    0
    99
    Jul 26, 2010
    North Carolina
    but do you think they will go broody in there? I built a nesting box on the end of it.
     
  7. BlaineWillard

    BlaineWillard Chirping

    111
    0
    99
    Jul 26, 2010
    North Carolina
    i also put hay over the wire inside the coop and used pine shavings in the nesting box. I only have 2 silkie hens in there right now i am looking for a rooster and a couple more hens. How many silkies do you think will fit in a 8ft long by 4ft wide coop?
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by