Silkie thoughts on caging... Keeping on wire?? Pics

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by BooneHillbilly, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. BooneHillbilly

    BooneHillbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am wanting to start a silkie breeding bropram here at my homestead and have a few questions for the experts here. I was going to bild small individal coops for each color, beard etc etc but then saw the picture below and was thinking thats a great idea. So here are my plans, let me know what you think.
    Enclosed coop would be 4x8x3', then they woudl have a 4x8x3' section that is all screned inso they can get outside in the sun etc etc. The coop parts will have a solid floor but the outside part would be all wire. Would they be ok on the wire part and what size wire would you recommend? Thanks in advance!!!
    -Matt

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  2. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

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    just be careful with the wire floor. I have a run simliar. I had 2 chickens lose toes one night, not sure to what (mine is 3' off the ground) so make sure they have something to rest on that protects their feet (I use a piece of cardboard) or make sure they go in the coop at night.
     
  3. BooneHillbilly

    BooneHillbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you know what your wire size is and happen to have some pics? Thanks!
     
  4. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

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    Quote:I don't have any pictures but it is 1x1 wire. I saw recently someone using a coated wire for their cochins to help keep the feathering nicer. mine seemed fine and I had silkies on it.
     
  5. SilkieTime

    SilkieTime Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine is 1/4 X 1/4 wire with shaving on top in a barn stall.
     
  6. minister man

    minister man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what size of breeding group are you planing to house in this unit? pairs? trios? Small groups?
     
  7. BooneHillbilly

    BooneHillbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It would be small breeding groups, probably 2 cocks to 10 hens, may chance it up once its bulilt..
     

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