Then I ran a second sheet widthwise and secured it in the same way. This put two layers of plastic along the bottom and gave me some serious overlap on the edges.
I covered the plastic with cardboard so the chicks wouldn’t tear it with their scratching.
Then I put down a 3-inch (ish) layer of pine shavings.
I moved the feeder, waterer and chick toys into the new brooder and the girls settled right in.
It took them about 10 seconds to start scratching and pecking away, so I assume they are happy in their new home.
I highly recommend this excellent re-purposing technique for those of you who simultaneously have chicks gettin’ bigger and an old Pack & Play lying around gettin’ dusty. Big thank you to Meg for the great idea.
In the meantime, until the chicks are old enough to move to their handsome new coop and sheltered run, the family has taken to using it as a little breakfast space/play area. Why not? It’s covered and has a great view of the garden and there are not yet any chickens living (pooping) in it.
Homebrew Husband started the Coop-As-Breakfast-Nook notion when he surprised me by bringing home some tasty breakfast pastries on my birthday and setting up breakfast al fresco. Since the coop was my early birthday present, it seemed fitting.
Of course, our son was more than happy to get in on the scone action too.
Chickens in the playpen and babies eating scones in the coop. It’s a funny life, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.