New guy needs some help!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by dtomczak3, Mar 7, 2017.

  1. dtomczak3

    dtomczak3 New Egg

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    Hi everyone our chicks are supposed to arrive tomorrow. I have my brooder all squared away for the first month or so, With tons of help from here. On to the coop and run, i seen a coop "The Old Homestead Coop" by two rows. My question is he used fence pickets for his walls. Is this ok they are not air tight and I've read a lot about about drafts?
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    What kind of brooder you got for the first month or so?

    I build a lot of coops---never air tight---that would be a problem if it was. You can make a are for them to get in that is a little more air tight, but once they get feathered out good----they will be fine.
     
  3. dtomczak3

    dtomczak3 New Egg

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    I built a 4x4 brooder with a 1 foot wood base, 2 ft of chicken wire, and a 3 ft adjustable stand for the heat lamp. I'll,post a picture in the morning. I understand they need ventilation, but if the wall itself had small voids do you think it would be ok?
     
  4. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    If you are saying "chicken wire" chicks can walk right through chicken wire. Snakes and rats can go through it too??

    All my coops have spaces between the boards, but I do not live where it gets in the single digits or colder.
     
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  5. dtomczak3

    dtomczak3 New Egg

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    Ok Pd, after I seen the last post, I guess I shouldn't have used chicken wire, I bought the 1" stuff and thought it would be ok. This morning I ran out and bought 1/4 welded wire. This is how the brooder sits now.
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    Do you think it's ok for 10 chicks?
     
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  6. fightingbunny

    fightingbunny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just have to say that looks like a great play pen for a human baby :)
     
  7. bobbykiki07

    bobbykiki07 Just Hatched

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    Well done, that's plenty of room for 10, at least up to about 6 weeks.
     

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