posted on Aug, 21 2014 @ 01:57 PM
Too many local predators to allow them to free range. I am going to be fencing in an area around it though, so they can do so while we're caring for
the other animals in the morning. Cats, dogs, snakes, and even buzzards would pose too much threat for them to range.
The coup is about 14 feet long, and about 8 feet wide (and 6' high).
We keep 8 chickens in there. (all hens, Rhode Island Reds)
I put in two of those feeders, and seems to be enough for them. I have materials to make more though.
They do seem to get a lot of insects in their diet (we're in the South, so...), but I also toss in some mealworms often.
They also get some table scraps (they love eggs of course).
Eventually, I'll run an electric line to the coup (for both a light and a fan), and so I can rig up a light in the hay building (the building the coup
is hooked to). We keep hay, feed, and the lawn mower in there, so would be nice to have a wired light (currently, we use a motion detector battery
"During the day he had a pen full of old hens, but at night he always had a dozen roosters. How does that work?"
No idea, never heard that one. Unless meaning they roost at night.
Because they are "roosting". I've got a ladder type rack in mine, and they all fight for the top "shelf"
I put up a few perches at various heights for them. They seem to love using them.
edit on 21-8-2014 by Gazrok because: (no reason