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QUICK need ideas for quick temp garage solution

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Baker Farm, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. Baker Farm

    Baker Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    My coop is almost done but still needs a couple walls up and doors etc. I acquired a couple 8 month old rhode island red/sex links that I'm picking up tonight but cant house them there yet.
    Any easy quick ideas to pen them in my garage until the weekend?
    I was thinking 4 pallets into a pen? something easy like that... also, I'll need to have a nest box since they should be laying already.
    Need ideas before tonight ;) Thanks chicken gurus!

    Kyle
     
  2. minniefarm

    minniefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Seems like the pallet pen will work, but how about a large dog crate with a milk crate to nest in? It's only for a couple days, right?

    Chime in here because I am a total newbie. It just seemed practical and quick for a short term solution.
     
  3. Talihofarms

    Talihofarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dog crate or even a large box with litter will do.
    If using a box, remember to cover with netting or towels to keep them inside.
    At their age they will try to roost.
    Temp housing in a garage is simple, due to the fact that if they should escape.
    There is a secondary containment.
    That is, if you keep the garage doors shut.
     
  4. Baker Farm

    Baker Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    All in! I got 2 RIR's and a nice looking sex link. All free materials... Pallets, pieces of wood and an old baby gate that slides open or hinges. I have a roost bar, a 5 gal pail nest box and a light on a timer.
    I'm amazed how much poop they've made already! I don't have good bedding in there tonight, just cardboard and newspaper and a couple shovels of bark chips from my indoor wood pile.
    I opened the window and have a computer fan exhausting out to help with smell. Hopefully they'll be in the big house by the weekend :)

    Thanks y'all!

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  5. Baker Farm

    Baker Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry, I was told these were rhode island reds, but they are too light in my opinion. Anyone know what they are? maybe just production red birds? or look similar to sex links.
    I was happy to see one in the nest box this morning as I was leaving for work. Hopefully they will feel settled enough to start laying soon.

    Thanks
     
  6. goldfinches

    goldfinches Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think they're sex links, red and black. Often, hatcheries and farm stores get "Rhode Island Red", "Red Sex Link", "Production Red" mixed up - or they just use them interchangeably not knowing that they're different birds.
     
  7. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Looks like a red sex link, black sex link and a hatchery stock RIR which for clarity is called a production red around here. The red sex link is the one with white feathers in hackles and white in tail. The Red Sex link is likely a production red roo over leghorn hens and Black Sec Link a Production Red Roo over Barred Rock.
     
  8. Baker Farm

    Baker Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    Sounds good. As long as they are good layers ill be happy. They seem fairly friendly anyways.
    Thanks
     
  9. ll

    ll Chillin' With My Peeps

    good job & pretty birds

    you can use leaves for bedding too = unless yours are all snowed under

    This is the temp cage we have in our garage for hurricane/blizzard weather.

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  10. Baker Farm

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    Lots of snow here unfortunetly. Im ready to be done with winter! Hehe
     

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