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I am not new to poultry raising, just new to this forum. My wife and I homestead about 50 miles out into the desert west of Phoenix, AZ. We currently have 13 laying hens and a rooster and 7 guinea fowl (mix of M&F) - all free-range during the day, penned up at night. We have 24 new Red Ranger broiler chicks still in the brooder but will have their own shelter and night pen after they feather out. We also have a Heritage Red Bourbon Turkey trio who have their own 12' x 30' pen & coop. We also have meat and dairy goats, meat rabbits, honey bees, a horse, a rescued Sonoran Desert Tortoise, and three large dogs. My wife cares for the poultry and bunny parts of our operation.

Our experiences are no doubt much different than most here. Both chicken coops and the turkey shelter are open on one side into their respective pens. The turkeys' pen is on the opposite side of our property from the chickens. The chicken coop and run shares an area adjoining the goat barn, where the chick brooder is set up. We incubate and hatch some of our own chicks in the spring. We just completed the new turkey run and can post pics if any wish to see. Instead of netting the top of the run, we used mesh shade cloth. Providing shade and water out here are our first priorities for all the livestock and poultry. Our temps are finally out of the 100's so this is a busy time of year for us.

I look forward to reading and maybe contributing to the various threads here.

-Dutch
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Hello there and welcome to BYC! :frow

 

Sounds like you have a wonderful set up! If you can get away with an "open air" coop, go for it. Birds are way healthier if the air can move!

 

Yes, desert dwellers do have quite the time keeping poultry cool. Stop by your state thread and chat with your chicken neighbors as well to see what they are up to these days...http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/31227/arizona-chickens

 

Make yourself at home here and if you have any questions about anything, feel free to ask around the forums.

 

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Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

Treating Sour Crop and Impacted Crop                                    Raising Quail

 

How to Treat Egg Binding in Hens 

 

Leg, Foot and Toe Issues in Poultry of All Ages

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post #3 of 8

Hello Dutch,

 

:welcome  so glad you decided to join us.

 

My grandfather had a similar coop in South Georgia - 3 walls and totally open on the run side.  

 

Enjoy the forums, hope you share your experience.

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Attention:  loads of contests to enter, pick your favorites and join the fun: post #1

 

 

Raising Hens in Georgia!  Limited experience, but a lot of opinions.  

Reintegrating a Recovered Hen to a Small Flock:

Don't be Chicken, Even a Cat Can Bake a Gingerbread House

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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:welcome

 

Hope you continue to have a wonderful time here! We're glad to have you join us!

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God doesn't care about how they look, how "stupid" they may be, or if they make a tiny mistake.
And you shouldn't either.
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All creatures are made by God.
God doesn't care about how they look, how "stupid" they may be, or if they make a tiny mistake.
And you shouldn't either.
LOVE ALL GOD'S CREATURES

 

Please enjoy my photo albums - Peafowl, More Peafowl, and P.E.W. Guinea Pig - Snowball

 

Please visit the Peafowl section or visit peafowlimagedatabase.weebly.com for any questions regarding Peafowl!

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post #6 of 8

Hi Dutch, nice to meet you.  Sounds like you have a very well thought out  and running establishment going on.  :thumbsup

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post #7 of 8

Welcome to BYC, Dutch. Glad you decided to join our flock. I'd love to see some pics of your place. :o) If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is loads of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.

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Welcome to the BYC flock!  We are glad you joined us!

 

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