Suggestions please....

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ButtersMama, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. ButtersMama

    ButtersMama Chirping

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    First time Chicken owners here. Didn't realize how quickly they will grow. I know, a little impulsive. Well, its still very much winter here and my husband will build a coop. My chickies are approx 1 week old now. I have 5 of them. Can someone give me temporary housing ideas? I have them in a cardboard box during the day with the red light and on the kitchen table under a hanging white light during the night. (I don't trust the hot red light while we are sleeping or away). I know they will grow and I'm going to have to buy a large plastic bin for them. How long can they stay in that? Like I said, I have FIVE and I'm not going to get anymore. (I started with 3 on Wednesday and went back next day and bought #4 and then today #5)
     
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  2. Harvey'sHens

    Harvey'sHens In the Brooder

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    Hi,
    I started with 5 in August. I kept mine in a kiddie pool inside a dog x-pen, with cardboard taped around the bottom of the pen to prevent drafts and escapes. They were in my 2nd bedroom and it worked out well till I could move them outside at 8 weeks or so. Just need to make sure they can't get between the pool and the x pen and be stuck. I have also used a large dog crate and that was ok for 3 full grown chickens for temporary housing.
     
  3. ButtersMama

    ButtersMama Chirping

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  4. CathyM

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    I made a large box out of sheets of foamcore poster board (get it at stationary stores) - just taped up the sides and used double layer of cardboard on the bottom and some wiremesh across the top; it lasted me (barely) until they were able to go out to the coop at about 8-9 weeks... (it's based on temps, rather than age, but the younger they are, the warmer they need to be).
     

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