my chicks and ducks are 5 weeks can i put some hay in there brooder ?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickens&ducks_RULE, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. chickens&ducks_RULE

    chickens&ducks_RULE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hey, my chickies and ducklings are 5 and a half weeks old now could i put some hay in there brooder's as a nest-bed for them ??

    thanks

    ~Daniel
     
  2. carrlr

    carrlr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sure you could. What are your post-brooder plans? Are you working on their coop/run?
     
  3. chickens&ducks_RULE

    chickens&ducks_RULE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    and there brooder's are big plastic tubs

    yeah there coop is done but we got to do the run

    would 5 ducks and 8 chickens be ok in a 5ft long 3ft 6 inch high 2ft wide coop ? with a 5ft wide 4ft long run ?

    with roosts inside the coop and the run so the chickens can get away from the ducks if thay wanted to

    it will only be for a few weeks till thay start laying then thay go in with the adult chickens and ducks
     
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  4. carrlr

    carrlr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Seems like it will be too small. Can't speak for the requirements for ducks. An accepted space for standard size chickens is 2-3 ft each in the coop and 4-5 each outside the coop (run). If you plan on this set-up until they lay your looking at probably another 13+ weeks. By then they'll be packed in. Not to mention the ducks will mess that area up pretty fast.
     
  5. chickens&ducks_RULE

    chickens&ducks_RULE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ah darn thats not good [​IMG]

    my dad only just might have enough wood and wire to do the run and its the only spare coop i got [​IMG]

    well the ducks aint really big yet and 4 of them are only starting to get feather's now i can keep them in the house for as long as i can
     
  6. DLS

    DLS Chillin' With My Peeps

    My chicks are the same age as yours and are loose in the yard
     

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