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Grow out pen???

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by GAGE, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. GAGE

    GAGE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a nice brooder, but no grow out pen, is a grow out pen just another name for a coop? My serama's are taken car of, but eggs in the other bator and new eggs coming next month, I am going to need more space. What do you all do between brooder and introducing new chickens to the coop?
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I have coops that have space fenced in underneath with a ramp going under there. They work well, since the chicks really just need to get some sunshine and ground contact, while being protected from hawks.

    (Mine are prefabricated kits.)
     
  3. ARose4Heaven

    ARose4Heaven Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Incubator...brooder...grow out pen...coop. The grow out pen is for the time when they are too big for the brooder, but not yet fully feathered to be with the big girls.
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    I tend to raise pullets in batches of 20, more or less. I like to raise them out in their own quarters. The older flock of hens often seem annoyed by the youngster and can be quite domineering and more than a little tough on them. The younger ones cannot really defend themselves yet. Once everyone is of the same size and fighting weight, then the fight is fairer. [​IMG] Plus, the layers and the growing chicks do not eat the same food, and shouldn't.

    I move chicks from the 5x8 brooder box to the 8x20 grow out pen at 4 or 5 weeks. They are rowdy and need the space.


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  5. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

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    I have a heatlamp in mine.
     
  6. The Sheriff

    The Sheriff Overrun With Chickens

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    I use this. I had three silkies in in originally but they joined the flock in the main coop so now it's my grow out coop. I can keep them contained just in the enclosed coop with a sweeter heater, let them go up and down the ramp to the run below, or open the pop door and let them out into the yard. It works well for a couple of months by which time they usually mosey into the big coop on their own. Then I lock it up and they are considered big chickens.

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  7. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    They stay in this till there fully feathered

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    Then they go to either one of these !!

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  8. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:To me the idea is to use a grow out pen after they are fully feathered, around 8 weeks, and before they are full size so that they can hold their own with the older ones. Ideally you would have a separate grow out pen for the ones in the bator and the new eggs coming next month, so you don't have to integrate anyone til they are full size.

    That's from reading, though, not what I've done. What I've done is raise broody hatched chicks in with the flock.
     
  9. GAGE

    GAGE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fred's Hens :

    I tend to raise pullets in batches of 20, more or less. I like to raise them out in their own quarters. The older flock of hens often seem annoyed by the youngster and can be quite domineering and more than a little tough on them. The younger ones cannot really defend themselves yet. Once everyone is of the same size and fighting weight, then the fight is fairer. [​IMG] Plus, the layers and the growing chicks do not eat the same food, and shouldn't.

    I move chicks from the 5x8 brooder box to the 8x20 grow out pen at 4 or 5 weeks. They are rowdy and need the space.


    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/69833_dscf2028.jpg

    That is a very nice grow out pen, anyone else?​
     
  10. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:I agree. I need a grow out pen.
     

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