Moving to the coop

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Jimmy, Jun 9, 2008.

  1. Jimmy

    Jimmy In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2008
    My chicks are five weeks old now and have pretty much outgrown the 4'x4' pen in the garage, so I will be moving them into their new coop which is 8'x12". Is this going to be traumatic for them ? Anything I need to do to make the transition less stressful?
    How about bedding...I have been using pine shavings in the small pen...what do most people use for bedding in their coops? Thanks in advance, for your help.
  2. cluckychick

    cluckychick Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
    I use pine shavings in my coop. The move was uneventful for my chicks and they love their new digs even though our coop is not complete yet [​IMG]

    The weather has not cooperated with us, hopefully we'll get some work completed this week [​IMG]

    Good Luck on your transition, I'm sure it will go fine.
  3. lovemychicks9

    lovemychicks9 Songster

    Apr 29, 2008
    South Carolina
    I go to TSC and buy the big cubes of horse bedding which is pine shavings, the big bale is only five bucks and it takes me 2 bales to do my entire coop and all I do is put down DE then the shavings, and more DE. I stir it up once or twice a week and I make it about 4 or 5 inches deep and I don't have to change it but maybe once a month. I think TSC had the best price on it around here in north central Arkansas. Trudy [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  4. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Hi Jimmy! Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    We also use TSC pine shavings in our 3 coops.

    Your chicks should love the transition to a larger area. Just don't be worried if they sleep in a pile on the floor before figuring out the roosts. Ours always do this, even though I put roosts in the brooder and they use them just fine in it.

    Moving the babies outdoors is always more traumatic for me, than the birds.

  5. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    Same here! We need to paint but the rain just keeps coming! UGH! I want to move the girls out in two weeks...and I want air out time before they get in there.
  6. Jimmy

    Jimmy In the Brooder

    Apr 29, 2008
    As usual, your responses were very helpful. Funny that lots of people mentioned TSC...that was one of the few places I could find pine shavings around here. Do you ever put straw on top of that..and is 5" about what everyone uses? Thanks again !!

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