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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Claire_Bear, Apr 3, 2007.

  1. Claire_Bear

    Claire_Bear In the Brooder

    Apr 3, 2007
    I am getting chickens soon, and i just cant
    wait!so anyways, I was thinking of salvaging our old bunny hutch and turning it into a house for the young chickens, to give me just enought time to make a proper coop.
    Also, there is no way i can fence off my whole yard, and we are close to a highway (not too close) and I'm worried that they will walk into the road. Are they smart enough to stay away from there? or do I have to make a fenced in area for them?
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2007
  2. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing 11 Years

    Jan 20, 2007
    Claire, The chickens prolly aren't smart enough to stay out of traffic.

    Simple brooders work well with a cardboard box in a dry secure area, with a heat light. the rabbit hutch might work if it is large enough, dry and draft free.

  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    On cool days, the chickens might be drawn to the warmth of the road, plus there is a lot of tiny gravels there for them to peck out. I would try to get some sort of fencing....if possible!
  4. MTchick

    MTchick Songster

    Feb 2, 2007
    Western Montana
    You might consider a chicken tractor- they don't require a lot of materials and can be relocated to allow the chickens to enjoy new soft grass and bugs.

    Check out some tractors on the Coop Designs page- they are neat.


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