In the Brooder
- Apr 24, 2014
Hi, new to the posting part of the forum. I've been reading everything I can about raising backyard chickens on this site and figured it was time to chime in. I recently purchased 18 chicks of various breeds, a bunch of yellow ones, a couple white ones, a couple black ones, and a couple multi colored ones. As I said in the title I'm from Northern Michigan and we have some brutal winters (we got 17-1/2 feet of snow yes FEET of snow and 30+ days below zero last winter). Any advice on cold weather BYC keeping would be appreciated. I am in the process of building the Taj Mahul of coops right now (I think ill name it "Chick Mahul"). So far the coop is going to be 8'x12' elevated 24" off of the ground. It will have a automatic door and a heated pressurized water system. The floor, walls, and roof will all be insulated with reflective insulation inside on the ceiling. The run will be 8'x16' plus below the henhouse. I have 10 nesting boxes on the plans that will have channels on the inside to close off any that aren't needed or cause problems with chickens sleeping in them. The floor will be covered with vinyl flooring with a clean out door the entire width on one end. I'll post pictures as I build it. The parameter of the run is going to have multiple layers of scrap fencing buried 2' down and 2' out from the hardware cloth walls as well as chain link fence 6" down under the entire run. I'm thinking "Chick-Knox" is looking more appropriate for a name at this point, I'm starting to wonder if I'll be able to get in! I didn't mention this before but the farm is 5 miles away from where I live so I can't just look out the window and see how the girls are doing. Congratulations on a great site and I'll keep you all posted on everything.