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Need help planning the space for the new chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by AmandaRow, Dec 13, 2014.

  1. AmandaRow

    AmandaRow New Egg

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    I am getting new babies to add to my flock in few weeks. They are ordered from idealpoultry.com so I am guessing they are shipped right after they are hatched. I plan to keep them in a shower area that we do not use. this is my idea. I will put a shower curtain down on the tile floor and tape it to the walls to seal it all the way around (this also will protect just incase water backs up, but I don't forsee that happening, but better safe then wish I had). Then that will be covered with a thick layer of Pine Shavings for bedding. I do need to build a 2 sided wall type thing. This is where I need help. I am figuring to use 2x4's to build and then attaching chicken wire to that. How high does that need to be to contain them until they are ready to go outside to the coop (we live in Florida so weather is not really an issue as to when to put them out)? When I attach the chicken wire should it be attached to the inside or the outside of the boards? I am ordering 10 pullets and they will have right around a 31 x 35 area. Is that big enough for 10 or do I need to expand that? Thanks for your help
     
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    The space will be fine, but the dust will be amazing! Do you have cats or dogs? If yes, plan to predator proof the chick's area. Hardware cloth, well framed, to the ceiling, etc. Glass shower doors will work fine, as long as they can't be opened by a pet. Can you set up a separate area in the coop for them instead? Mary
     
  3. AmandaRow

    AmandaRow New Egg

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    We do not have any cats. I do have a dog but she will be fine with them, she is fine with the 4 chickens we have now. We don't use the bathroom or shower at all that they will be in. Well other then for animals (I have our Worm Composter and an aquarium with MealWorms growing in there)... I do have to build something to extend the lip of the shower up.
     
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    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Was your dog fine with the tiny chicks? Adult chickens and chicks are not the same at all, and small chicks can get through chicken wire! They look like yummy treats to many dogs. Mary
     
  5. CliffB

    CliffB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My dog killed my 1 week old chick and doesn't go near them now that they are older and bigger.
     

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