Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Southeast Texas
Cheep Chick Pen
My wife wanted a couple of chicks. They only sell 6 or more. That day they were half price so I got 12. That was almost 3 weeks ago. They have been in a box near my recliner. The box had to be bigger after about 10 days.
Yesterday I started planning on a section of the dog kennel for a temporary place. We had a small section partitioned off for bottle feeding baby goats when needed. I had room to make it 7' x 11'. I put an old treated 2x6 across the top on the 11' length. Then I wired a 3" piece of old black pvc pipe on top of it. I have a good supply of 3/4" pvc in 10' lengths. I ran them over the 3" pipe and wired them down to the top of the kennel. I have an old 9' x 12' tarp I tied on top.
I put a plastic pallet 4'x4' so they can get off the ground. We used an old dishwasher upside down on the pallet so they can get inside. It has a heat lamp hanging from the heating element. I wired the door up to the kennel and put an old door on the north side for a wind break.
The big suprise is my old dog. She saw our young cat watching the chicks. Any time the cat would go near the chicks she would run it off.
The only expense was some electric fence wire holding everything together. When I build them a coop by the goat barn out back, it will be easy to take apart. I didn't manage to get in the house to get the camera. When I got some of the things done I planned today, it was too dark to take pictures. It isn't pretty but functional.
Tractors have ag tires. Construction equipment have R-4 tires. If it has turf tires it is a lawnmower.