What to do when you first get chickens?

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Buying this coop Saturday morning. First time every having chickens, need help on what to buy for them and how to get ready. We are going to start out by making a run for them and hopefully let them run the grounds after. Any advice is appreciated!! I’m SO excited.

What to do when you first get chickens
What to do when you first get chickens

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Laurie Bowling Wilburn
Laurie Bowling Wilburn

I highly recommend attatching pressure treated 2x4s between the ground and base of that run. Will give it stability and keep it from rotting. Makes moving it much easier as well.

Ashley St Lawrence
Ashley St Lawrence

This is a great starter coop and pretty small. These mass produce ones don’t normally last but a few (1-2) years. I would suggest that you put a really good coat of exterior paint on it to give it longevity. You need pine shavings good water and food dishes. If you’re getting chicks get medicated feed and chick grit. Play with them as much as possible so they are nice and friendly

Amanda Watson
Amanda Watson

We have had that coop for a few years and the people before us had it a couple of years too. It is just now starting to show signs of wear but totally still useable. We have had 6 chickens in it no problem. Three of those children’s are small.

Ashley Alva Boynton
Ashley Alva Boynton

Make sure your chickens spend some time in the coop to establish that as “home” before you turn them out in the yard, it’ll be easier to put them back up that way.

Brittany Hallett
Brittany Hallett

I have this same coop, it’s not ideal for more than 3-4 chickens to be in it at all times. Although, all 20 of my chickens sleep in it for some odd reason. They have other places to sleep but choose to all squeeze in this one.

Crystal Bogdan
Crystal Bogdan

If you want silkies, then get what you want, do your homework and ask lots of questions. Just give them extra vitamins to prevent wry neck and they should do well. I always did that with mine. The easiest is PolyVisol without iron(liquid baby vitamins) and add some selenium.

Jennifer Hayden
Jennifer Hayden

They have to stay in that coop for a week before you let them into your yard. Or you will be chasing them every night to return to it.

Beth Davis- Keeney
Beth Davis- Keeney

First get the coop off the ground so it will last longer, set it on treated landscape logs or ties.

Ally Webster
Ally Webster

My first coop was just like that one! I recommend shavings, food and water dishes, Medicated chick feed if you just have chicks, grit, and electrolytes. It helps mine stay hydrated and I also add polyvisol (no iron) every couple weeks because it has lots of vitamins in it to keep them healthy. This is a great coop for chicks, but I don’t see it holding 3 or 4 good sized chickens like the box says.

Eva Carrillo
Eva Carrillo

I elevated mine on cinder blocks giving them extra space at the bottom. I’d reinforce it and put some kind of floor, too, if you have predators. Mongoose broke into ours.