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My chick flew the coup

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickenlover02, Mar 29, 2016.

  1. chickenlover02

    chickenlover02 Out Of The Brooder

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    Me and my sis keep both our chicks in the same plastic tub, we are new to chickens. My chick is old enough and strong enough now that he can fly out of the tub. How do I stop this, we cannot build a coup as of now. I was thinking like out some chicken wire over the tub or something. Thx in advance.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Put a top on the tub and start building the coop immediately. Sounds as if the chicks are outgrowing their brooder.
     
  3. azygous

    azygous Overrun With Chickens

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    When you and your sister brought these chicks home, did you give any thought to what you would do a a couple months when they're almost all the way grown?

    If they've got most of their little feathers, and the down has all but completely disappeared, they no longer need a heat lamp, these chicks need to be moved outdoors.
     
  4. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    X2 your going to defiently need to build a coop. Tip it's a LOT cheaper to build one than to buy one. the ones you buy are cheaply made unless you can spend a thousand dollars and most folks cant. when I first got chickens I saved up 400 dollars which is a lot of money for me. I ordered a coop online and when it came I cried. I couldn't believe how small and badly made it was. it wouldn't even keep them dry if they did fit inside it. it was supposed to be for 4 to 6 chickens. NO WAY it wouldn't even barely fit one yet alone 6. it looked NOTHING like the photo. the attached "run" was horrible! it was such a waste. so it's best to build your own unless you can afford the really expensive coops. How many birds do you have that will be using the coop? I'm in the process of finishing a large coop for my 9 standard size chicks and I have a small coop for my two bantams silkies. Silkies sleep different than standards. they don't roost to sleep they make small nests. so they get their own small place while the others get the big coop. but you can find free plans online on how to make a coop and for a couple hundred dollars you can build a Really Really nice coop. Hope this helps a bit. if money's a issue you can probably even re purpose something you already have laying around for a coop. look online for inspiration and get creative.we turned a Extra large water storage tank we had from the water service into a small coop for the tiny girls. it's perfect for them. we cut up the old coop and used its vented windows and doors. it keeps them warm and dry and that's all they need. they also have plenty of room to lay eggs and be comfortable. so just get creative and I'm sure you can make a fine coop.
     
  5. mobius

    mobius Chillin' With My Peeps

    x3 on building a coop.

    How old are your chicks? I moved mine to 3 different and progressively larger indoor brooders (they needed to exercise wings and legs to develop properly so needed more room) before outdoors at 4 weeks old. At 1.5 weeks they were flying and hopping...so I put a window screen on top of brooder to keep them in....it worked but I wanted them outside in a safe coop as soon as possible! And they are now, very happy chicks.They fly down from their pop door.
     
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2016
  6. chickenlover02

    chickenlover02 Out Of The Brooder

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    Realsis I appreciate your response you are very helpful I believe we will be building a coup very soon. We have 2 chicks btw. My mom also thinks it is cheaper to build a coup ans so do I. Thx for the help
     

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