How do I brood in the coop??

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  1. Ogdenfarms22

    Ogdenfarms22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a mama heating pad for heat, I have 7 other chickens all under 3 months old already in the coop. I would like to brood these guys in the coop but how do I go about this? A chicken wire pen that the big girls can't get in or use the brooder plastic Ben still? When do I let them roam etc. Thanks
     
  2. twigcrafter

    twigcrafter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did that before.
    I, well my husband, caged off a section of the coop for the little ones. They had a tiny door that they could get away from the bigger chickens. Worked great.

    Make sure you put something on the top so the big hens can't poop on the little ones. We put a piece on plywood on the cage top. The bigger hens liked to sleep on top of the cage because they could feel the heat.

    Also this was during the Summer.
    good luck
     
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    Ogdenfarms22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ogdenfarms22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well here it is! The mama cave has a bunch of shredded paper on bottom and a ton of pillow cases on top to mimic a mama hen. They did great their first night! Came out in the morning and started scratching like the big girls.
     
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  5. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    Looks good!

    I have a side-by-side setup because my big girl run isn't protective enough for chicks. If I were doing it over, I'd make both runs from hardware cloth and put doorways that could be opened so chicks could pass between their house and the big chicken domain easily. I can see that they want to join the flock and I think they'd be accepted now (2.5 weeks) but they're too small yet to be safe from things like rat snakes.
     
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