got the chickens before the coop...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by cedric wyndham, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. cedric wyndham

    cedric wyndham New Egg

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    We did PLAN to make the chicken tractor first, but then the fluffy cheepsters insisted we take them home immediately. Housed in a dog crate, they seem very happy and energetic right up to nap time.
    This is our first time with chickens, hoping for eggs someday. :) we are urban backyard chicken farmers with 6 varied chicks.
    Primarily vegetarian and organic. Can anyone tell me how long they will be comfortable in the dog crate? It is about 3x3x2. The chicks are just starting to show some feathers on their wee wings.
     
  2. TravisE

    TravisE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i had bought 6 last spring and also had them in a dog cage the same size. i house them in it till they were 7 weeks. not ideal but it worked. after that they were in the coop with a 250w heat lamp.
     
  3. TravisE

    TravisE Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] For the first 2 weeks the recommended brooder space is 0.5 sq ft per chick, 2-4 weeks 1 sq ft per chick, 4-8 weeks 2.5 sq ft per chick. After 6 weeks they should be fully feathered and able to live outside in their coop, which should allow 4 sq ft per chicken and 10 sq ft per chicken in the run, unless you free range them.
     
  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    You will find that crate to be too small pretty quickly.
     
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Great to have you here! Your story - chickens before the coop is kind of like "cart before the horse!" At least you have time to get the coop built before they outgrow the dog crate. Good luck and have fun!
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    To answer your question - not long. Hustle on making that coop - welcome to BYC.
     
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2013
  9. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!! [​IMG] Glad you joined us!! [​IMG]
     

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