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My chicks are, well chicken!

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My chicks are, well chicken!

Post by dizzy on Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:23 am

Today I was finally able to move my chicks out of the brooder. They were just getting too big to be in there. And, since having a hen w/4 young chicks at the time that I was planning on moving them out to the farm was not part of my plan, and since I haven't had time to finish making them a shelter and getting that area split up, I needed to come up w/something different. So, hubby suggested I put them in an old rabbit cage.

Yesterday we got it all cleaned up, but it needed a bit of repairs done to it to make it safe for them. So, he did that today. And, while it's not 100% how I would like it set up, it will do for now. (It will be getting remade once I figure it all out and should make a great brooder!)

On the one end, it has a wooden shelter area w/a hole cut in it that was big enough for a rabbit. So, I put shavings in that end. The main section has hardware cloth for the floor. There is a board about 3" wide next to the house part and on top of the cloth. In this section I got a waterer set up, and a small, hanging feeder. Then, I brought the chicks out and stuck them in the house end. Then I waited for them to come out and explore.

They wouldn't do it! The one came out as far as the cloth-and stopped. I got one of them out, and stuck it on the floor. Well, it sat there for a couple of seconds, then instead of walking back, it flew! So, we put down a piece of paneling to give it a solid floor. They STILL wouldn't come out. So then, I took shavings and put them on top of the paneling, and they STILL don't want to walk on it. So all I can figure is that my chicks are really chicken!

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Post by Farmfresh on Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:51 am

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Re: My chicks are, well chicken!

Post by dizzy on Mon Jul 28, 2014 6:09 pm

Last night they got to experience their first T Storm. I didn't hear anything out of them, so I hope they're OK. It's getting light, so I need to go check them.

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Re: My chicks are, well chicken!

Post by PATRICE IN IL on Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:16 pm

I'm sure they'll be fine. Getting them to come out of the house might be an issue though. Wink Do you have something over the top of the run area to keep them from flying out?
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Re: My chicks are, well chicken!

Post by mountainmama on Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:57 am

Once one chick gets brave enough, just watch. The rest will follow suit. It's like monkey see, monkey do. I hope they did ok with the storm.

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Re: My chicks are, well chicken!

Post by dizzy on Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:54 am

They were fine. And, they are coming out now. But, if I walk over to the pen, they all go running for the house end. Tomorrow, they'll be going to the farm. I'm wondering if they'll all hide in their new house all day tomorrow.  Laughing 

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