Guess I am a nervous first-time mom!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Medea, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. Medea

    Medea New Egg

    2
    0
    7
    Apr 18, 2012
    Hi all. Love this site. We have never raised chickens before and have our four girls still inside. They are golden wyandottes and about 4 weeks old. We are in the Willamette Valley in Oregon and it is still a bit too cold to put them outside....
    The problem is they are learning to fly inside and keep escaping their box! We raise the sides and still they manage to get out.
    I don't want to put wire over them...seems they will knock their heads on it and maybe hurt themselves.
    Any suggestions?
    Many thanks,
    Medea
     
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    23,342
    1,238
    448
    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC. Plastic netting will work. Any home improvement store has it. Use clothespins to clamp it down around the top of the cardboard box.
     
  3. PoultryGirly

    PoultryGirly Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,571
    25
    173
    Mar 28, 2012
    Welcome to BYC and what dawg53 said will work. You could also put them in a dog cage. That's what we did for my chicks. I also gave a golden laced wyandotte. Post some pictures of yours! Here's mine![​IMG]
     
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    43,519
    479
    486
    Dec 22, 2009
    [​IMG]
     
  5. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    17,156
    223
    348
    Aug 26, 2011
    Hello and :welcome
    They do tend to fly out of their brooder when they get a little older, my chickens used to fly as high as maybe three or fourr feet... o.o Anyhow, the plastic netting idea is a good one, or perhaps you could transfer them to a shed, to give them more space? It's okay if you put them out in the coop, but string a light over to still provide heat.
     
  6. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    17,489
    88
    351
    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. I lay a window screen on the top of their box. :thumbsup
     
  7. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    20,239
    147
    348
    Jun 4, 2010
    Alabama
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  8. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    18,975
    1,446
    396
    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D
     
  9. dreamer5577

    dreamer5577 Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,379
    13
    143
    May 16, 2011
    Pennsylvania
    Hi && Welcome!!!
    [​IMG]
     
  10. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

    4,706
    16
    203
    Jun 2, 2011
    Snyder County, PA
    [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by