"I always raise my spring chicks in the green house. A chick will sleep a little longer under the red lamp at night if there is no other light, but as long as they can see they will eat and drink every time they wake up. And chicks do wake up often…"
"3-4 square feet of coop floor per chicken is what most "experts" recommend but 2 sq. ft. is plenty if they are allowed to come and go as they please.
The more room your chickens have the happier and more healthy they will be.
"Rachel Hoff gives you very good points to consider.
I would only add that unless you want to go to the time and expense of incubating just for the "experience" of it (kids seem to get a kick out of it, at least the first time, lol) it is…"
"The two most important things about bedding and floor covering is clean and dry. My girls aren't at all picky beyond that.
I use whatever is available at the time I need it.
They like hay because they can scratch and peck seeds…"
"One possibility is that she is "more sensitive" (for my lack of a better term) to the type of feed you are using.
Bugs and weeds are hard to come by right now. Does she get any supplemental grains? greens? If not, you might try…"
"I know this is a couple of weeks by, but just wanted to say howdy and that Ms. Rachel and Ms. Dawn are right on top of it.
I also wanted to add to Ms. Rachel's comment about leaving your dog and the birds unattended and what she…"
A sometimes foul mouthed, tight arsed, redneck who refuses to pay for anything I can do myself.
I won't use store bought what can be self wrought.
And Mama claims that chicken happiness gets to much thought.
Use my chooks to build the soil and quickly dispatch the 'coon or coyote that trys to spoil.
And never feed my food with fertilizer that comes from oil.