Using an older chicken run question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Britchick, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. Britchick

    Britchick New Egg

    6
    0
    7
    Apr 8, 2009
    Hello All,

    New to BYC though I have been a lurker for some time. I do have a question about my chicken run.

    I have had chickens in the past, very healthy girls too. About 2 years ago someone left the door to the coop open,by accident, and a coon wiped out my flock. Very devastating to say the least. After 2 years of being heart broken I have picked out my new girls, 8 beautiful cotton balls.

    My question is this:

    I will be using my original chicken run that my other flock had used. Do I need to do anything in preparation before letting my new girls into the run? Even though my other hens were healthy and looked great I understand that one flock can be immune to one thing and another flock may not be. Do I need to prep the soil or anything? Medicate the girls prior?

    I just want to make sure all is well and prepared for my girls.

    PS...Moving the run is not an option.

    Thanks in advance [​IMG]
     
  2. tabatha_westcott

    tabatha_westcott Chillin' With My Peeps

    284
    0
    131
    Jan 18, 2009
    I added new chicks to my old coop. I just cleaned it out like I normally would. Nobody has ever been sick and my "flock" only consists of 6 hens. I think you'll be fine if your run is clean and your old chickens were healthy
     
  3. Freckle Face Farm

    Freckle Face Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2009
    Florida
    [​IMG] Sure just clean it up a bit and you should be good to go!!! [​IMG]
     
  4. aidenbaby

    aidenbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    489
    1
    131
    Apr 10, 2009
    Lochbuie
    I would just clean it up real nice and check for any wear and tear that needs to be repaired.
     
  5. the_great_snag

    the_great_snag Chillin' With My Peeps

    381
    0
    151
    Apr 14, 2007
    Staples, Minnesota
    I wouldn't worry unless you lost a recent flock to disease or parasites, but otherwise it's common to use the same coop for many many years.
     
  6. Britchick

    Britchick New Egg

    6
    0
    7
    Apr 8, 2009
    Thank you all for your replies. I feel more confident about the outside run now.

    We built a new chicken coop and it is inside my garden greenhouse/shed. The little chicken door leads out into the outside run. Good double insulation especially here in Michigan where winter can be pretty cold.

    Thank you once again : )
     
  7. montcapu

    montcapu Chillin' With My Peeps

    614
    0
    149
    Apr 22, 2008
    laingsburg, MI
    Quote:welcome to BYC from a fellow michigander
     
  8. Britchick

    Britchick New Egg

    6
    0
    7
    Apr 8, 2009
    Thank you Montcapu. I am in Holly, Michigan : )
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by