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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:02 pm 
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Can i keep some 25 odd chicks in a pen 80cm by 2.5m?
what should i be looking for?

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:24 pm 
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I don't know what the 'right' answer is, but I wouldn't keep them in there after about 6 weeks without giving them some sort of extended run during the day. It would still have to be predator proof though.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:27 pm 
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mmmmmmmmm them thar crows hang about something terrible.

i am at a dilemma of what to do. they still seem to be happy with their room

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:30 pm 
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how old are they?

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:08 pm 
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about 8 weeks now

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:40 pm 
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I think they need more space, if not immediately they will very soon. I try to move mine into the grow out pens when they go from starter to grower feed. That seems to be the time that they start to run and flap and start jostling at each other (and generally seem to want to actively exercise)


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I am sure that you are on top of practical issues as to hygiene, particularly clean water. If they otherwise appear to be coping well I would just keep a close watch for any signs of feather picking.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 2:31 pm 
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:) i also forgot to mention htey are bantams.

yeah i am really worried about letting htem out because of crows, as a group they only take up about third of tje cage so i think they still have room to move.

thank you for your suggestions.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:01 pm 
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caladenia wrote:
... what should i be looking for?

Do you mean an indication that it no longer works?

Aggression is one sign, some breeds are fine, I've had Araucana groups (at only 4-6 weeks) where the chicks who couldn't get clear of the over the top feisty ones had to be rescued to another brooder. Little buggers. Worse than quail.

Or if they are mixed breeds, the smaller ones can be squished by the larger ones even at a young age. They can self-destruct by burrowing into the centre of the group. And get pushed away from feed/water by 'everyone else'.

But if you meant you are looking for a short-term, crow-proof enclosure for a bit of time out from the box - if it doesn't need to be Fort Knox dog and fox proof, five pieces of lattice screening from Bunnings is fairly quick and easy. That's two long sides, two short ends, and a top the same size as the long-side pieces. Then cut shade-cloth to size and staple onto the lattice, makes it beak-proof. Instead of shade cloth, even netting curtain from an op-shop is cheap and works.

It's only a day-time transition between moving to secure grower pens - but I think netted lattice panels are under-rated as lightweight useful temporary barriers, in or out of pens.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:22 pm 
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cool idea possum corner, guess what i am doing this weekend?

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