I have my coupe and fence up, now what do I put in the coupe floor and fenced yard? I have read lime, pine chips, straw but I can't find the whys and where what altogether. I thought it would be a good question for you great farmers out there. Or just ones experienced with a few caged chickens. What do I do so I can go pick up my babies up?
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Thank you! So I should put lime everywhere not just in the coupe? I am only going to have about three chicks, maybe four. Their food then goes in a dish or can it be thrown on the floor/ground?
How old are the chicks?
Hi, Karan, I don't have them yet but they will be very young. Nothing is in their yard yet, it has been raked clean. What are the shavings for? To help keep their yard clean or their feet dry? I really am a novice. Lime...will it hurt them to eat it?
Hi Jackie, the sawdust is for inside the coop, to soak up any water spillages, poop etc. if they are under 8wks old you will need a heat lamp. If the run is dirt leave it as it is only put staw down when it rains to help keep them dry.
Thanks Karan, sounds like I should get older chicks for less trouble.
Your welcome Jackie, please do not hesitate to get back tome if you need to know anything else.
Well I hope to have them free range but being so small at first I know they are safer penned up. Thank you.
Perfect. My mom and dad started out with one child in a base housing. By the time me, the six was born we had an acre and a large two story house.
I knew a man that kept 5 laying hens in a porch. He just cleaned and fed and washed and hugged them.
I have wanted them so long I probably will too! They will be pets.
Grandma, through nephew translator says: leave em alone. Just feed em. We call them running chickens. They just run around - last visit in my bedroom. Let them eat the spiders and warn or eat snakes. They are not filthy bad pets. They are family.
Wow now that is a great idea if they eat snakes!
Oh darling they attract them. And then others than monsters will peck them to death. If you are country, provide some place with a chicken wire roof. Those owls and eagles will get em but they would rather eat the snakes. Start an earthworm farm.
Oh I have some huge earthworms, they will have fun with those!
Cool. Drop the boot on rules. Get some chicks and love them. I have no idea about their brains, but their hearts will love you back.