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Coop for Hen raising chicks?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Frundette, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. Frundette

    Frundette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! I'm relatively new to the world of keeping chickens and want some advice about good coop setups for a hen to raise her own chicks.

    We got our first batch of chicks in the spring. 4 bantam hens and a rooster. Come spring, if one of the hens goes broody, I'd like to let her raise some peeps.

    Our current setup is a tractor style A-frame coop with a nest box on each end in the loft.


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    From what I've read, it sounds like I shouldn't let her raise chicks inside here with the other chickens. Any thoughts on that?

    Does anyone have any plans or pictures of a mini-tractor setup for a hen with peeps?
     
  2. hen101

    hen101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    love they set up on your coop but make sure she with chicks only no other hens
     
  3. Frundette

    Frundette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So would a second, smaller tractor style coop be the way to go?
     
  4. hen101

    hen101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sure i guess it looks awsome
     
  5. LAGear

    LAGear Out Of The Brooder

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    I am new to this chicken owning too, and plan on doing exactly what you said when my hens go broody, have a small coop with small run attached for her raise the chicks. My favorite looks exactly like yours except all one level, the small A frame coop at the end of the run.
     
  6. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends on how many chicks she hatches. I would give them plenty of room or they will start to pick on each other. The tractor you have pictured looks like a good size for a hen with 5 to 6 chicks.
     
  7. hen101

    hen101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    tht sounds like it should work[​IMG][​IMG]
     
  8. hen101

    hen101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you might want to make it big so if she has a lot of chicls they have plenty of room
     
  9. Frundette

    Frundette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the one level type might be better than my current setup. Maybe I'm underestimating them, but it seems like peeps would have a tough time with the ramp for the first couple weeks.
     
  10. hen101

    hen101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my baby chick has just past last weekened we think it was because not a enough room when he died we gave them more room god bless little baby obama r.i.p that is my chicks name
     

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