Where do I put new chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chilisweet, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. chilisweet

    chilisweet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We only have 1 coop and we are getting some new chickens this weekend. I know that I am supposed to keep the newbies separate from my other girls, so my question is...Where do I put the newbies?

    We really don't have enough money to buy/build another coop at this point. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what we can use until we make sure the new girls are okay to put in with the old girls?


    Thanks so much!
    ~Caran
     
  2. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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  3. chilisweet

    chilisweet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    anyone else? Please, we are getting the girls tomorrow and are still trying to figure out a cheap coop idea!!!
     
  4. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Depending on how many your getting, I would put some of the temporary fencing up away from the other chickens. Inside the fenced area I would probably use a large dog crate...the closed in plastic kind...to use for them at night. Sometimes your local Humane Society will loan them for a short time if they have enough on hand. Check on Craigslist in your area.
     
  5. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Dog crates work well. Parrot cages, if you know anyone w/some to spare. If you have a spare spot in your garage
    you could use some of those dog pen panels, or kids plastic pen panels etc and throw some netting on top. If predators are not a problem you can use some step in posts/metal T posts and some plastic barrier netting w /bird netting on top. Uh, hope that helps a little.
     
  6. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am getting three birds tomorrow as well.
    I might see if I can keep them in a dog crate at my MIL's next door for a month.

    should be interesting. she might say no. Then I am going to wish that I had a chicken tractor! [​IMG]
     
  7. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    Here is link to what we did. It was VERY cheap and VERY easy to make...took us about 2 hours. And we are making another today. Our two Welsummers are in quarantine right now. We have them in our garage for now.

    You will have to scroll down to the video to see our breeder/quarantine box. If you want info on it let me know.

    http://journals.aol.com/breakaway1968/hangin-wit-my-peeps/#Entry2598
     
  8. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I looked at the link, but am not exactly sure what I am supposed to be looking at. The birds I am getting are about 12 -13 weeks old.
     
  9. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We used a large folding outdoor dog pen with bird netting over the top, inside a garden shed I was able to clear some space in. I'm SO glad we did too. We were given a dominque hen that a coworker found in his yard. She was pretty and friendly, seemingly healthy. Within two weeks she died mysteriously. No idea what happened. There wasn't anything in the shed that should have caused a problem. I'd have felt awful if I'd exposed my other to hens to something contagious.
     
  10. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my problem.. all of my shed and garage are taken by birds. I guess we need to hurry and make a duck pen so I can put the new chickens in the garage. DH will be thrilled! NOT! [​IMG]
     

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