Does anyone have a suggestion for an indoor chicken enclosure?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lbartsch, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. lbartsch

    lbartsch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2011
    Hello all my chicken friends.

    After going through our recent Raccoon attack and having two injured hens recouperating in our garage in a 4' round and 2' high horse trough (that we had intended to use for a planter) I now think we need a more permanent solution for whenever the hens might need to come inside (e.g., in case of injury or extreme weather or whatever). I want something that won't let them walk all over the garage but also will allow them some freedom. The large dog crates available seem too small. Do you guys have any suggestions? We have a Rhode Island Red, a SL Wyandotte and an EE. All are 17 weeks old.

    Thanks for your help!

  2. potluck

    potluck Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 19, 2011
    I set a wire dog kennel on a raised floor (plywood laid on deck blocks). The kennel is made of two foot panels , supposed to be 4 foot square but I set it against a wall so I got 4X8 by 5 ft tall then covered the whole thing with another sheet of plywood and put a 2X 4 thru the wire to make a roost.
  3. ll

    ll Chillin' With My Peeps

    during a hurricane we used this dog training crate/kennel and it sits raised up on 2 old tires:
  4. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

    May 27, 2010
    Reno, Nevada
    I found a beautiful rabbit hutch on craigslist for 50 bucks. It looks nice, is spacious, and seems to be a good place for in-between chicks and healing birds. maybe you could try going that route?
  5. kbreak

    kbreak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 1, 2011
    Columbia, MS
    I have 1 rooster, 2 banthams and 1 buff hen that has hatched 6 chicks. Right now they have free ranged. They roost in the tress at night and during the day they go all over the field. But they always make it back to their roosting spots by dark. They are scared when we go out. I want to somehow get them to start roosting in an enclosure and let them out each day . How large of an enclosure do I need. For sure the 6 chicks will be tamer.
    I want something that can have nest for the hens too, Any ideas on size or style please give some advice. Right now my main concern i ti get somethingfor the hen and her chicks, Would love some ideas, Thank you !
  6. pawsplus

    pawsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2008
    Middle TN
    I use (for quarantine or illness) a MONSTER dog crate--it's 52" long. I added some roosts and it works well.
  7. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    Quote:[​IMG] to the BYC

    Me to for a temp hospital but your going to keep them inside. Why not start planning a proper predator safe coop? If they were attacked outside the coop make a safe play area and a Alcatraz Coop that nothing will get in?

    I am not saying buy anything but make something strong that is permanent and when they play in the run they are safe from your raccoon like this;

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