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Getting ready to start Chicken Coops!

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Any advice! 

 

So excited!

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Welcome to BYC! That sounds so exciting! :thumbsup

 

 

Here are some coop building tips. Now, I've heard these from other people, I haven't ever built a coop myself:

 

A solid floor prevents predators digging in. Mine is concrete and is easily cleaned but also holds in moisture and smell

Ventilation is very important, cover ventilation holes with small, sturdy wire (not chicken wire) so as to prevent rodents or weasels from slipping in

Natural light will promote laying, so during the warmer months you could have openings to let in light

Chicken wire does not keep predators out at all, don't use chicken wire on the outer parts of the coop

Nest boxes should have tall rims to prevent nesting material getting kicked out

Make sure the roof slants away from the opening so there aren't any puddles in front of the coop

 

 

I hope this helps! :)

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Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center. There is lots of useful information there including a section on coops. 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 BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

 

Oooh boy! The chicken adventure begins!:clap I would definitely check out these links to learn the basics.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coops

http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/housing-and-feeding-your-chickens

http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/9/coop-run-design-construction-maintenance

 

Best of luck and feel free to ask any questions. We are happy to help.

 

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F.R.E.E.D.O.M--In order to truly appreciate true freedom, you must:
First Remember Everything Emmanuel Did On account of Mankind
-Sarah/me

Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn... Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.
-Psalm 37:4-7
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Hello!

Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
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1/2" hardware cloth is the way to go.  Chicken wire only keeps chickens inside - it does nothing to keep predators outside. It costs more, lasts longer   but, makes a big difference .

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

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

 

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Advice:

Read what you can on here about every coop building related topic.  There is a lot of great information here and it offers lots of great ideas!

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