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    Well Ms Henny is 12 weeks now and enjoying her 6x2x2 indoor cage. Shes maybe not a good candidate for release because she literally has no tail and the tip of it has no fur and shes also missing part of a back toe... so Ive been taking her out on the deck in a portable cage during the day. I think she really likes it. I wondered about converting our old chicken house to her outdoor cage. Theres a large wooden house with a shingles roof and then a 16 long 10 wide 7ft high fenced in yard. Its fully enclosed. How would it be if she could live outside but us still care for her...food, fresh blankets, toys etc like we do now? I think she would like to be outside and have as much room as possible. Pine needles on floor and in chicken house, tree limbs to play on... but what would I do in winter to keep her warm. Should she come back in? Is this a crazy idea to begin with? I just want her to have the very best life possible. She had a terrible traumatic beginning and is such a fighter and the sweetest baby.

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    Thanks for loving your baby!

    Got any pictures you can share?

    If the tail and toe are the only injuries she has she can probably adapt and do well outside. If not, the building sounds like a great idea.

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    Ill try to send a pic of her. My thinking was that if we let her be in the outside cage she could be happier and then if shes indicating she wants to be a wild girl we could let her but the chicken house would always be there for her. Shes really done well. It has taken forever for her burns and scars to heal but shes mostly all furred now and shes a feisty little girl. We are madly in love with her so its not that I want to selfishly keep her...although I wouldnt be sad if she lived in my yard forever. Im concerned because shes only known us and I dont know how shed interact with our yard squirrels. I dont want them to beat her up. Also I do t know about hawks and my neighbors nine cats!!!!! Name:  D234461E-64AA-435F-A4FA-4B9ACE3ADA93.jpg
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Size:  159.0 KB But if she could even be captive outdoors it seems better than inside in a smaller cage. Then like you said if she wants to go for it Id always be her to support her. My question still is about winter. We live in the mountains and it gets down in the 20s sometimes. Would I bring her in or use a heat lamp somehow or just provide lots of nesting. Ill try today to also add s pic of the old chicken house/pen so you can see what Im thinking here. Thank you so much for the advice.

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    Here is a pic of the outside old chickie house. Now please know we havent had chickens in five years so its a mess. I can get it cleaned up nice though and its partly covered outside for shade and rain cover and partly open to full sun. The inside of the house is big and roomy tooName:  83B79D5D-68CA-48E8-A562-F0C2D9D12A10.jpg
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    Whoops sorry its sideways...Im terrible at this stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newbiewnc View Post
    Here is a pic of the outside old chickie house. Now please know we haven’t had chickens in five years so it’s a mess. I can get it cleaned up nice though and it’s partly covered outside for shade and rain cover and partly open to full sun. The inside of the house is big and roomy tooName:  83B79D5D-68CA-48E8-A562-F0C2D9D12A10.jpg
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    Whoops sorry it’s sideways...I’m terrible at this stuff
    I think it would be a wonderful home with the addition of large tree limbs for climbing. I secure my tree limbs with washers and a screw through the wire. It’s hard to tell, but what size is the wire mesh. It’s not recommended to have anything bigger than 1/2” hardware cloth to prevent raccoon hands from getting through.

    Can you get a picture of the side of Henny’s tail so we can see how long it actually is and if release is a possibility?

    I think you will have to spend a fair amount of time out there with her for her to remain friendly.

    I’m not sure what the best way is to handle winters.....I live in FL.

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    So the top pic is about the end of April and the last two were yesterday...yes I let her get two treats out of the bag in the evening...please dont fuss too much. She eats her hhbs and greens first ☺️Shes spoiled and I have no trouble giving her as much attention as she needs to stay friendly. Theres a walk in door and little doors all over the back that I used to collect eggs so we could put food in that way when I dont want her digging in my hair...thats her favorite place but not too good for my hairdo before work
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