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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mjacobbe, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. mjacobbe

    mjacobbe Hatching

    Apr 11, 2011
    Didn't know the appropriate forum for this topic, but thought I'd try this one as well. Finally found our dream acreage and am ready to start raising a very few chickens. The property comes with a large heated and well ventilated barn-shaped Morton building with a cement floor and drain, and I plan to build an indoor coop and run area in one corner of that building. When home, I'll open the door to the coop/run area, and let the ladies and gentleman walk to the outside door to wander free range around the property. However, when on vacation (say for a week or so), I don't want them outside. If given ample room, will they be happy in the indoor run area as long as the temperature is controlled, there is daylight coming through the windows, and they are given fresh food and water? I can probably find a neighbor child to do that much, but would not want him or her to have the added responsibility that outdoor ranging would involve. Thanks!

  2. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Songster

    first of all... [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    What you suggested sounded fine. My chicken sitter comes once a day to just check on everyone... but in addition I put out a seed & feed block and a large gallon waterer so they are never without. Mine are always thrilled when I come home and they can get back to free-ranging!
  3. grauerholzfarm

    grauerholzfarm In the Brooder

    They should be fine. If you feel like there isn't enough light, use a heat lamp but put in a regular light bulb. You can buy a timer from Home Depot or any Farm and Home store. I have 50 chickens so I keep 10 gallons of water with them all the time. I also have a 2 huge feeders that are kept full. I travel alot for work so some nights I just don't get back very early. It's prefect for me since my chickens are in a small one acre area penned up. All I have to do then is close the coop door and then go to bed.

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