OK tell me what you think...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mommto3kiddos, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. mommto3kiddos

    mommto3kiddos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I moved mama hen into her new "nursery".. She is now in an 8'x8' Dog Run. I have her in a tubberware tube with ventilation holes at the top & open front Then I have the dog crate top on top giving it a "covered porch" effect...lol.. Straw in her nest & shavings on the floor! Im getting a tarp to cover the whole run as most of the day only half is shaded..

    I puting chicken wire around the bottom of the dog run before the chicks hatch! Ok tell me what you think and let me know what Ive done wrong [​IMG]-

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  2. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

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    I've never had a broody hen hatch eggs, but your set-up looks good to me. All comfy and cozy!
     
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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  4. KYTinpusher

    KYTinpusher Master Enabler

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    Looks like a cozy nest. But unless you have no predators in the area (i.e. stray dogs, cats, raccoons, etc.) I would use 1/2" hardware cloth around the bottom of the entire run. I know raccoons can reach through chicken wire and grab the chicks or hen.
     
  5. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:No such thing. I've lived in my house for 7 years and never once did I see a coon, either at night or dead on the road until they killed my broody hen and her baby turkeys, then it got a duccle that decided to hide with eggs, 6 marans and 3 more duccles all from a secure coop so I thought. They are out their, everywhere and not very nice.
    Michele
     
  6. KYTinpusher

    KYTinpusher Master Enabler

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    Quote:Well, that was kinda my point! [​IMG]
     
  7. jm93030

    jm93030 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:No such thing. I've lived in my house for 7 years and never once did I see a coon, either at night or dead on the road until they killed my broody hen and her baby turkeys, then it got a duccle that decided to hide with eggs, 6 marans and 3 more duccles all from a secure coop so I thought. They are out their, everywhere and not very nice.
    Michele

    I also live in the city and never had issues with rats or possums until I started with chickens

    I guess the feed or poop smell will sooner or later atract some predators.

    Even if you dont get any

    I think the hole size of the runer wire is big enough to let the little chick pass trough

    Baby chicks are curios and will try to explore
     

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