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Indoor coop ?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by wardrum, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. wardrum

    wardrum Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two Seramas and a week ago we found the rooster laying outside almost dead we brought him in and he was freezing. After a few days and alot of attention he is now back to his good Ole self but I am afraid to put him back out so I have been keeping them in a dog crate in the back room but the dust is awful. So I was wondering if I built a wood box with a glass front and used a furnace filter to catch the dust could that work or would it be a bad idea?
     
  2. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It probably would work.

    Do you have a garage or shed you can keep them in so the dust would not be so much of a problem?

    I have Seramas that I keep inside a garden shed when it gets too cold.
     
  3. hmmcc123

    hmmcc123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm just learning about Seramas and I read somewhere they can't handle temperatures below 40 degrees. Just thought I would throw that in. Regarding the dust, could you use newspaper in the crate instead to help keep down the dust? I know they produce dust themselves but thought it might help keep it to a managable level. Good luck! Glad your rooster pulled through! [​IMG]
     
  4. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one Serama rooster that insists on staying outside with the flock.

    They all sleep inside the coop at night (which is much warmer than the outside temps). So he's fine.

    The rest of my Seramas stay inside my garden shed where it's about 15 degrees warmer than outside.


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  5. OldChurchEggery1

    OldChurchEggery1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could you rig up a rat wire floor overtop of a catch pan to keep the debris down? Layers of newspaper would catch the plops and make for quick clean up. You could let your little guy out into something the size of a kitty litter pan to dust bathe once or twice a week.
     
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    kingdr85 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you could also just use wood pellets instead of shavings...those do not create all that dust.
     
  7. wardrum

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    Thanks for all the Ideas everyone. I do have a garage but its not heated and dosent have electric. I never thought about the wood pellets but would the chickens try to eat them?
     

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