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Converted Rabbit Hutch?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by newchick49, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. newchick49

    newchick49 Out Of The Brooder

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    We are new chicken owners. We are trying to convert an old rabbit hutch into a coop for our chickens. We are replacing alot of the hardware cloth with plywood. Is it okay to leave the hardware cloth on the floor for droppings to fall thru? We were going to put plywood underneath to catch the droppings to make cleanup easier. Any other suggestions would be appreciated!![​IMG]
     
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  2. RioLindoAz

    RioLindoAz Sleeping

    Jul 8, 2007
    Yuma, Arizona
    Those type of cages would be better if you are breeding chickens. But I think that it would allso be fine as a regular coop, as long as the chickens are able to get on solid ground. The hardware cloth can can hurt their feet. If your thinking ouf making the rabbit hutch as a permanent coop, add a large perch so that all the chickens can roost at night. If possible, also add a small piece of of plywood or cardboard for the chickens to stand on when they get tired of standing on the wire, and of coarse, dont forget dust bathing! Put a small bucket or a box full with sand for dust bathing.



    Have fun with your chickens!,
    chicken_Boy
     
  3. newchick49

    newchick49 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! I was wondering if it would hurt their feet, I think I read that somewhere. Yes, we are putting in a roost and we already have the nest boxes in place. We have 2 New Hamps and 2 Barred Rocks, about 16 weeks old. Right now we have them in a smaller coop but we got this rabbit hutch free and thought it would give them alot more room. We are also going to fence in a run for them, about 10' x 8'.
     
  4. RioLindoAz

    RioLindoAz Sleeping

    Jul 8, 2007
    Yuma, Arizona
    That would be perfect! When they're in the run they'll be able to get to solid ground. They will hardly be touching the wire.

    Cogratulations with your new hutch!
     

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