Dog crate ?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by stroud2009, May 9, 2016.

  1. stroud2009

    stroud2009 Out Of The Brooder

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    Can a medium size dog crate be used to house baby chicks until they are old enough to be outside ? Their current set up isn't working out and a friend has a crate we can use .
     
  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    As far as the size, it depends on how many chicks. Other than that, yes it is fine. If it is the wire type I recommend making a barrier around the base to keep bedding/chicks in better. I used pieces of cardboard.
     
  3. stroud2009

    stroud2009 Out Of The Brooder

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    Awesome thank you so much . I am borrowing my friends medium size one . Do I need to lay anything on the floor ?
     
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    stroud2009 Out Of The Brooder

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  5. Island Juli

    Island Juli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got 8 in an xl crate. They will only be in it for about 2 weeks, then out to the outside grow out pen.
     
  6. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    ^that is how I brooded my guineas. It worked very well for a couple weeks, but I had thirty so they quickly outgrew it.
     
  7. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes, you will need something on the floor, otherwise they will be slip sliding around.
     
  8. canehdianchick

    canehdianchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first go with chicks so not a well experienced response... But we did an XL wire dog crate with plastic chicken wire around it and it has been great for the first 2 weeks![​IMG]
     

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