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Karen Strickland

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Day pen/play pen
« on: February 23, 2018, 09:20:51 pm »
This is my day pen that I keep close to the house for very young chicks who are still in my spare bathroom most of the time. The measurements are roughly 24 in square by 18 in tall. It took one roll of hardware cloth, cable ties, the three hole PVC pipe Corner fittings, and the pipe glue. The bottom is open. After folding over the wire on the top, I cut another piece to fill in. Then I cut a hatch. I folded the rough edges to the inside so I wouldn't scratch my arms. I usually drape a blanket or towel over one corner, to give them shade. The waterer also goes in the shade. If I plan to leave the chicks out until dusk, I put a kitty litter bucket, turned on its side, in the pen. They will go in the bucket at dusk. Then I can pick up the bucket, keeping it as  level as possible and bring them all back inside. I do not leave food out there overnight.

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Karen Strickland

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Re: Day pen/play pen
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2018, 09:23:23 pm »
This is my day pen that I keep close to the house for very young chicks who are still in my spare bathroom most of the time. The measurements are roughly 24 in square by 18 in tall. It took one roll of hardware cloth, cable ties, the three hole PVC pipe Corner fittings, and the pipe glue. The bottom is open. After folding over the wire on the top, I cut another piece to fill in. Then I cut a hatch. I folded the rough edges to the inside so I wouldn't scratch my arms. I usually drape a blanket or towel over one corner, to give them shade. The waterer also goes in the shade. If I plan to leave the chicks out until dusk, I put a kitty litter bucket, turned on its side, in the pen. They will go in the bucket at dusk. Then I can pick up the bucket, keeping it as  level as possible and bring them all back inside. I do not leave food out there overnight.
The top is stretched out where I have moved it around. I lay a brick or board across the top to keep the hatch cover closed. Since I ws sitting outside, I hadn't done it yet.

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Re: Day pen/play pen
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2018, 11:32:14 am »
Karen, I really like that idea!
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