Chick's going outside...but need guidance

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by skid-mcmarks, Apr 26, 2017.

  1. skid-mcmarks

    skid-mcmarks New Egg

    Mar 1, 2017
    Today I intend to put our chicks, raised indoors for 5 1/2 weeks, in their coop outside.

    They are fully feathered. Today will be in the low 60s but the next few days will be in the 80s.

    Here's my question. Do I put down shavings INSIDE the coop?

    Do I close off the nesting boxes, as I've read to do this until they begin showing nesting interest?

    Do I put food and water in the coop itself, or leave food and water in the run?

    I was planning on leaving the food and water outside when I close them in coop for the night. They make a terrible mess of their food and water still.

  2. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2015
    SW Ohio

    Yes, I would put a thick layer of shavings on the coop floor.

    Yes, close off the nesting boxes so they don't get in the habit of sleeping in them.

    We have their food inside the coop, water is out in the run. We had water inside as well for awhile, but after having them knock over the water twice, we took it up. I don't want the extra moisture in the coop especially during winter. When we give scraps, we throw that into the run. The grit and oyster shell dispenser is in the coop.
  3. AngieHayden409

    AngieHayden409 New Egg

    Sep 22, 2016
    I have older 2 Pekin white ducks and I got 3 baby ducks 2 r not as little but they r still young how do I get the older one to let the other 2 play in there pool they attacke them the 2 littlest ones I got put up with the chickens

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