Indoor Coop/Enclosure, chicken friend?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bird flu, Oct 25, 2016.

  1. bird flu

    bird flu New Egg

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    Long story short, have an injured silkie (due to a hawk attack) that is doing well now, but will probably never be able to move back outside with the flock. She is not suffering, fine actually, but head trauma and a little bit of a limp are not ideal to join the group. Have tried, but she is constantly beat up on. So, she's in the house, puppy playpen for now, but she will ned something more permanent. Any ideas what to look for in an indoor coop? Pics or links to products would be ideal! And any thoughts on a friend? I've read a lot that chickens do not do well alone and I don't want her to be depressed. Thanks for ANY and ALL help :)
     
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  2. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Anyway to set her up in the Coop and run area? She would be far happier within a limited group...Look no touch situation...Possibly take another hen to live with her?

    Cheers!
     
  3. KrisCVT

    KrisCVT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought this coop off Amazon for my (now) indoor chicken. It was under $100. I am thrilled with it. It's called the Precision Pet Chicken Coop Extension Pen 55x27x27. I love that it had a built in roosting bar, 2 different doors, and we put it together in 10 minutes. My husband built a floor tray for it this past weekend lined with laminated flooring... easier to clean. Here's a pic we took a couple days ago. I wrapped the roost in pink duct tape to make it nicer on my girl's feet.

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  4. KrisCVT

    KrisCVT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, she has been inside with us for so long that she is used to it- I stick her outside during the day during supervised free range time-but by dusk she is waiting by the back door- she'll head through my basement, up the stairs, through the kitchen, and go to her cage. But I bought her a diaper because she is very happy hanging out with us and the dogs while we watch tv or are cooking dinner (she battles the dogs for "drops"). :)
     
  5. bird flu

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    Thanks for the pic! Does your chicken just stay in here all the time or get free time outside the pen?
     
  6. KrisCVT

    KrisCVT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She gets put outside with the others when supervised (when someone is home from work, etc). Sometimes she is out all day-like on the weekends- or out for an hour or so when I get home from work. She is a little bit of a loner but still hangs with the group- she is at the bottom of the pecking order. I also have to keep an eye on her because my ducks will pin her down and start eating her feathers, which was the initial cause of her coming inside. She also gets to hang with us humans...she especially loves when I am cooking...she will stay in the kitchen at my feet and wait for stuff to "fall" for her. I think it is important to let her out- even if just in my kitchen -so she can flap her wings a bit.
     

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