Help! Need temporary coop/brooder for 6wk olds

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by eponagirl, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. eponagirl

    eponagirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Our coop was supposed to be finished by now, but as it goes with all construction...never done when you think it will be! [​IMG]

    Anyway, next week I will be getting 4 six week old wyandottes and need a place to house them until the coop is done...they will probably need be in there for about 3 more weeks when coop should be ready.

    Any ideas about something simple to keep them in?

    Would an extra large wire dog crate be enough space? Dimensions are: 48"L x 30"Wx 33"H
     
  2. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    Buy 4 sheets of OSB and make a 4x4 coop [​IMG] Use scrap wood. It can sit on the ground, pretty much just a box... It won't be hurricane proof, but should work. Or if you have about 2 days, check out my playhouse coop. Its on here somewhere [​IMG]
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    If they will be out of the rain, as in a garage, you can just use a large box, like a stove or refrigerator box, with some bird netting or an old window screen to keep them from flying out.
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Your wire crate should work, too, for a few weeks. I would cover the wire bottom with wood shavings or something to prevent feet from getting caught and injured. And I would use a ball waterer and small feeder to save space.
     
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  5. mom2chicksandpups

    mom2chicksandpups Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    Southeast Alabama
    A dog carrier would work as a great temporary home for the chicks, if you have one or can borrow one.
     
  6. txchickie

    txchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    Texas
    5 t-posts and 3 rolls of hardware cloth, and a large dog house [​IMG] 4 tposts are your corners, and then one is your door/gate. Wire for the top. It's ugly and kind of redneck, but it's cheap and it works! [​IMG]

    We were stuck with that for about 3 weeks until my older chickens accepted the younger ones. Funny thing is, the younger chicks still want to go back into it at night and I have to shoo them away from it until I can get them into the "real" coop! I need to keep the ugly temp pen up because I have another group of babies that will be in it shortly [​IMG] Then I may leave it up and let my bunny play in it on nice days! [​IMG]
     
  7. eponagirl

    eponagirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe I can connect an extra large dog crate to a medium size one for more space? My 6 two week old chicks are using another large dog crate (thank goodness I have 3 dogs to have all these crates around to use!)

    I think the chicks can go in the garage, basement or our large livingroom where the other chicks are...by then though I may want all of them in the garage?

    How much space do I need to have for them? This is my first time raising chickens, so I don't know how big they'll be at 6 wks...
     
  8. NancyDz

    NancyDz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Dutch Flat, CA
    I use a hard plastic baby pool with cardboard around the inside to make it taller and netting over the top. You can also use wire to make it taller , I've seen that done too.


    nancy
     
  9. goldnchocolate

    goldnchocolate Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used plastic baby gates. I quickly zip-tied them together and zip-tied some plastic fencing I had hanging around over the top of it. I used that for several weeks--they had grown too big for the kitchen brooder but were still too little to go in with the 'big kids'. I set it up next to the regular coop so that they all could get used to each other. My coop is in the garage.

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