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Coop not done - keep together or split in 2 crates...?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by dawnrae, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. dawnrae

    dawnrae Chirping

    Jun 7, 2011
    My coop is not quite completed and my 4 - 8 1/2 week old chicks seem to be getting quite cramped in their (42x28) dog crate (we do spend time outside everyday). 2 (BA & Red Star) are over 2 lbs and the 2 BO's are getting close to 2 lbs. THEY don't seem to be bothered by it - no fighting at all. Its actually relatively quiet now bc they don't peep too much anymore either - they really spend most of their time sitting on the roost and watching what's going on around them. (feeder and waterer are attached to the side off the ground but there is a litter box to dust bathe in there - so it's really pretty cramped)

    They should be able to move into their coop by the time they hit 10 weeks but until then I was wondering if it would be best to leave them together, but cramped, in their crate OR split them in 2 different crates. I have a second one - its the dogs but she doesn't really use it anymore.

  2. RiddleMe

    RiddleMe Songster

    Feb 8, 2011
    Central Oregon
    Is there any way you could attach the two crates together so they could have the extra space but still stay together?
  3. FiveAcres

    FiveAcres Chirping

    Jun 13, 2011
    White, GA
    I like the idea of temporarily connecting the two to give them the space and the togetherness that they seem to need...
  4. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Songster

    Jul 24, 2010
    You can also get free pallets and connect together.

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