Chooks won.....

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by fldiver97, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Songster

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    my current flock has won me over.....I caved in and decided to get more chickens (Not that any of the folks on this site find that strange.....). I have a small backyard flock of 5 (after one of my Wyandottes suddenly died) and I am getting 4 new baby chicks next month.........I am a bit concerned about winter though. If anyone has good advise on how best to acclimate young chooks in the middle of winter to an unheated coop, please share!!! I'd appreciate it. I can set up the 'juvie coop' in the garage after they have grown some feathers but would prefer not to keep them in there until spring if I can safely transition them......

  2. citychickx6

    citychickx6 Songster

    May 14, 2011
    Is there power in your coop?
    I would keep them in the garage in a brooder/ grower pen until they are FULLY feathered. They need the heat light for a couple weeks when they are young but will IMO need some heat until they are FULLY feathered.
    Also if they have to be locked up in the coop with the grown chickens there may be trouble for them. The grown ones may not take kindly to having youngins moving in on their turf. The babies must be large enough that the older hens will not be able to easily mutilate them.

    IMO you will have chickens in the garage or basement or spare room until spring.

    I made a brooder box simply enough out of plywood and 2x4's with a wire top. It measured 3x5 and was 30 inches tall. I know this sounds large but I wanted mine to get grown some before putting them outside. Just a thought on how you could corral them in the garage.
  3. tamberlin

    tamberlin Songster

    Nov 18, 2010
    Framingham MA
    We bought a wire compost bin set (3 bin set at Gardener's Supply) and zip tied them together -even over the top so no little chickie girls would feel like flying out and pooping all over the garage. Put in a dog crate in case anybody wanted to get cozy and a couple of roosting bars across through the wire. When it got really cold over the winter (cold enough to ice over their water IN the garage) we added a heat lamp hanging from the ceiling. Straw and shavings on the floor cleaned weekly and everyone was happy! We kept the enclosure set up as an "teenager pen" after the big girls went back outside and the teenagers were fully feathered and ready to go out the their own coop.
    I can't tell you how many times I would find my husband out in the garage feeding the little girls and talking to them. We got lots of wierd looks from people when we mentioned the chickens in the garage, but they did well.
    Good luck!

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