How does everyone else set their chicks up till they are big enough for the coop?

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Hi all???? I’m very new to raising chickens. Just bought my very first chicks on Sunday ???? 4 sassy little hens. My girls are in love.

We live in New England so it’s still too cold to put them outside just yet. We have a small bin and a heat lamp and I let them run free in my bathroom during the day. I have a feeling they will outgrow their bin pretty fast.

My husband’s gonna kill me if he knows I plan to let them roost in our bathroom till they are hearty enough to go in their coop outside ????

How does everyone else set their chicks up till they are big enough for the coop
How does everyone else set their chicks up till they are big enough for the coop
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Gwynne Jacklitch-Humphrey
Gwynne Jacklitch-Humphrey

I have dog play pen and a dog fence around that. I’m just about to set up today, so once it’s done I’ll show you. I did 6 chicks last year. 3-4 this year.

I would also make sure they cannot stand in food or water, so they don’t get poop in it.

Something like this. I think I have a small one

Gwynne Jacklitch-Humphrey
Gwynne Jacklitch-Humphrey

cool, it’s a lot the 1st time out, but so much fun!!

Gwynne Jacklitch-Humphrey
Gwynne Jacklitch-Humphrey

awesome ???? Yay, my husband has accepted I’m the crazy animal lady, who brings crazy things home!! I’ve got a tarantula and snake (which I hid the 1st few months we dated!!) on top of the cat and dog, so chickens were easy to convince. I waited til the kid wanted them!! They incubated 6 in her class last year!

Fred Euhler
Fred Euhler

Heat lamp and temperature gauge helpful too. (90 degrees 1st week, 80 second week and so on.) They bunch together if it is cold and move apart if too warm.

Holly Stark
Holly Stark

Once mine have gotten their feathers I setup an x pen outside and they spend their days outside(once it warms up) and nights inside but while they are small I use a large horse trough with pine shavings. I also have what I call a grow coop and once they are acclimated to the weather they will spend their time in there until they are large enough to fend for themselves. My husband was so opposed to chickens too but we now call him the chicken whisperer!

Alan Pulsipher
Alan Pulsipher

I have a 100 gall water tank. It has a heated area on one half feed and water on the other end with crusher corn cobs for bedding, then I also have a grow out containment for out side when they are feathered out and it is good out a 6x 10×2 ft h this has a partition 1/2way and a partial cover. Has worked real well the rest of our birds that free range come to visit and get to know them and can not hurt them anchored to the ground and hardware cloth over the top, we bring them in at evening. The brood tank is in the garage back room.

Walter Jerome
Walter Jerome

Put some kind of cover on top of the brooder you can keep your chicks in there for a month or more