What do I do if my parents don't think my chickens need more space but they do?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Jenna14Chicken, Jun 5, 2016.

  1. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    My Husbands favourite saying.
    What came first? The chicken or the egg?
    The coop!!!
     
    1 person likes this.
  2. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG]Funny, Not in my house! [​IMG] But it definitely should have. [​IMG]
     
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Never happened here either.
    I had 15 chicks and no COOP!
    That is why he loves saying it!
    Haha!!!!!
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    34,581
    7,793
    596
    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Hahaha!! This had me guffawing!!

    I got my coop all ready before I got birds, but I got adults and hadn't built the run yet.
    So they spent 2 weeks in the coop, BUT coop was plenty large (96sqft) for the 10 birds I had brought in.
     
  5. CluckerCottage

    CluckerCottage Chillin' With My Peeps

    Invite your parents to read up about coop/protected run space per bird.
    Tell them that a large covered run is a necessity, not a luxury.
    Over crowding is horrible for chickens. It WILL lead to fighting, egg eating, sores from pecking, dirty and broken feathers, possible disease, etc.
    Chickens need personal space for preening, exercise, and good mental health. I am a parent of two young adults and I've had the pleasure of teaching them about chickens A-Z.
    I will have no worries about their own flocks in the future.
     
  6. Jenna14Chicken

    Jenna14Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,072
    33
    111
    Mar 19, 2016
    OH.
    Thanks everyone I have tried to tell them many times and getting factual information and showing them. They have been considering it but they say they will be fine. I've been telling them ok for now but when they get a bit bigger it's not going to be ok. I'll try to get the dimensions of they out and inside of the coop. I have
     
  7. Jenna14Chicken

    Jenna14Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,072
    33
    111
    Mar 19, 2016
    OH.
     
  8. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

    8,837
    3,862
    441
    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    We can help you more if you do get the dimensions. If you do add on yourself (and good for you! if you do) get their permission first. I would not discourage my kids from earning the money and doing the labor if they wanted to tackle a project like that. It's a good experience.
     
  9. Jenna14Chicken

    Jenna14Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,072
    33
    111
    Mar 19, 2016
    OH.
    Unfortunately it is a little late here so I will get the dimensions tomorrow.
     
  10. Jenna14Chicken

    Jenna14Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,072
    33
    111
    Mar 19, 2016
    OH.
    The inside of the coop is 2ft by 6ft 8 inches. Again this is for 8 chickens. Thanks
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by