New coop, what to do with hen and her chicks?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Bama1, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. Bama1

    Bama1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We got our chickens before our coop and we're just about finished with the 8x8 coop. We have two hens that are in a makeshift run with a shelter, and we also have a separate makeshift run with a better shelter for a hen and her 5 chicks which are 3 1/2 weeks old now. The "Momma" hen still sits on her chicks at night in a corner on top of pine shavings. The other two hens (who haven't laid not one single egg in the 3 weeks that we've had them btw!) huddle up together on a perch in their shelter. My question is.... when I finish the 8x8 coop, probably in a couple of days, what set-up do I need to make for the "Momma" hen and her chicks and so I can also have a nesting box for the other two hens to hopefully start laying eggs in? I'm thinking opposite corners since Momma doesn't like the two other hens and chases them a lot, that is why they ended up in a separate run. I'll have an almost 8 ft long roost. How high should I put this roost or do I need to have a separate lower "practice" roost for the chicks?


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  2. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

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    Nice coop. I had low roosts for my chickens when I had them in a playpen.The pecking order will come into play so I would not let the 2 hens by the chicks.If I had them someone would be kept in a dog crate. I have a big one so it would be good for either group. Hope they all make it through the winter.Predators,not the cold is my worst fear.
     
  3. Bama1

    Bama1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The Momma hen keeps the other two hens scared away from the 5 chicks. Momma is a Black Breasted Red Phoenix. The other two hens are a RIR and a mutt-EE/polish.
     

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