Apologies to you serious peeps out there. I have 5 surviving chickens - three roosters & two hens(mom, dad, two kids and one foster kid I guess, cause he does not resemble dad or his brother). I think three of them from first family fed a Northern Goshawk when they were younger. They are true free range birds and have been sleeping in trees this summer. The rooster arrived by accident last Spring - the hen I got from the guy who claimed the rooster wasn't from him. Pure BS. Hen has had 2, are they called clutches, so far and I found them both. Seven hatched the first time. One died first day, my guess is got in way of mom while she was teaching them to scratch. She is beautiful, but a bit of a callous grump. I suspect she is working on third family now and need to track them down for breakfast as I can't handle more chickens. I have studied all the coop designs and started converting two large boxes into a coop. OK cutting to chase. I keep reading that you have to keep them warm in winter, but all the coops I have seen seem to have a wire section. what? How on earth does one deal with that when temp is 15 - 20. I am sure that the hundreds of peeps who are real chicken people have an answer. Please advise. I would ask the guy where the parents came from, but he doesn't seem to do anything. I think he feeds the fox and coyotes. He has no coop, but on any given day might have 20 or so chickens with many many chicks all over the place, including his neighbor's yards.
Oh yes, I am sure after all my hours building this thing they will not come near it. I have been feeding them in front of it just to get them near it. Thanks for any and all advice. Please keep critiques to a minimum. I feed the song birds all year and they don't seem to need human provided heat or homes.Pecks, ralph
Oh yes, I am sure after all my hours building this thing they will not come near it. I have been feeding them in front of it just to get them near it. Thanks for any and all advice. Please keep critiques to a minimum. I feed the song birds all year and they don't seem to need human provided heat or homes.