Dog Crate at night?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by NellaBean, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

    Mar 4, 2009
    Broodyland, TN
    My Coop
    Can you keep a pair of chickens in a large dog crate at night? Cover the door and "vent' with hardware cloth? No idea if this would be workable or predator proof or not. Trying to find a temporary solution for a pair of 16 week olds, that can be kept in their "pen".
  2. pamperedpoultry

    pamperedpoultry CHICKENFIED

    Jan 28, 2009
    (south West) Virginia
    We have a pair of Gold Laced cochins that free range during the day, they go into a large dog crate at night and we shut the door. So far no problems, but we do have 3 dogs in the yard. So they sorta protect the chickens

    By the way what part of East TN are you in.. I'm not far from the tn/va Bristol border
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2009
  3. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

    Mar 4, 2009
    Broodyland, TN
    My Coop
    I am in the West Knoxville/Loudon area.

    I have been bringing my two in and out of their "day pen" to an area in my garage....for 3 months [​IMG] I am trying to find a way to give them an "easy" coop within a larger pen. i can't take "herding" them across the yard anymore. The Roo would not go in the pen today, so I locked his girl in and left him out..........then a bad storm hit and I look out and he is in the rain next to the pen totally drenched. Today will be the last time I run in a downpour, in my work clothes, down the hill and chase a rooster around a pen a few times to get him in there. He needs a night area WITHIN a pen, so I only have to "let him out" and "lock him up".

    Thanks for the info.
  4. Nana2KJS

    Nana2KJS Chicks-n-Ahs

    Mar 21, 2009
    SE Kansas
    We got our run built way ahead of the coop. I put 5 buff orpingtons in a dog crate for a couple weeks. I turned the top around and put hardware cloth on the back opening and a door on the front opening. When it started getting really warm we just left the door open for airflow. A piece of 2x4 across the bottom half gave them a small roost. You can see it in the background here:
  5. Heelers&Chickens_OhMy

    Heelers&Chickens_OhMy Songster

    Jun 22, 2009
    Until I get my coop built my five 6 week old chicks are sharing a dog crate that is not big enough for them. It's worked fabulously so far and I would continue if the crate was big enough and the chicks stayed small!!

    If you count an over excited 2 year old pit as a predator, then yes, it's predator proof [​IMG]
  6. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Songster

    Jan 1, 2009
    North Carolina
    The eggloo is sort of a dog box/crate, and they probably got the idea from many urban backyard chicken owners that use dog crates for their chickens.

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