My new chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Bryceeast, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. Bryceeast

    Bryceeast Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok so i am geting 2 hens from my friend that are preatty old they have a couple more years of laying but i have a run i built out of hardware wire but i dont have any where in the run that is a chicken coop should i make a box for them to go in to sleap and to lay eggs i dont have much money so i was gonna make it out of plywood should i build this for them?!?!?
     
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  2. Pequena Bandada

    Pequena Bandada Small Flock

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    Yes, you should build them some sort of coop. Chickens need a protected spot to sleep that's free of drafts and safe from predators. Depending on where you're located, a plywood box will either be just fine or not quite enough. Also remember that if you're in a cold climate your chickens will spend a decent portion of time inside the coop when it's cold/windy/snowy. So be sure to build it big enough to give them about 4 sq feet of space each (8 sq feet for 2 hens). Inside the coop you'll need to build a small (12x12) nest box and a roost. The roost should be higher than the nest box. A 2x4 laid on it's side is a good roost for hens.

    Good luck.
     
  3. Bryceeast

    Bryceeast Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you and i live in albuquerque and the only pedator i am worried about is a racoon so i burried chicken wire to keep them from digging there way in but if they do will plywood keep my girls safe
     
  4. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

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  5. bywaterdog

    bywaterdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You give them the best that you can now, when able to upgrade do it.

    Good luck with your new pastime. I started out with chickens long ago (the early 70's ) and still enjoy and learn about them daily.
     
  6. Bryceeast

    Bryceeast Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you i use your advice and they are doing great!
     

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