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New member from the Texas hill country.

About to start construction on my coop and run. Have done lots of looking around here and other research. I'm building a 16x16 coop on concrete. Coop will be 12x16 and 4x16 will be storage area. Attached run will be 16x20 and covered. Hardware cloth all around.

I'm probably over doing it, but real concerned on security. I live on 10 acres and butt up to a 400+ ranch. We have lots of animals around here, so I want to build secure. Want to let chickens free range during the day.

Want about 10-20 chickens and should have plenty of room. I'll try to post some pictures of the build after it is complete.
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Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. My wife and I were both raised in the great state of Texas. Sounds like your coop is really going to be secure from predators. I'll look forward to seeing your pics. 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. 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

 

Glad to hear you're making security one of the highest priorities on your coop and run. It takes some effort to keep poultry safe from predators but it's certainly worth the work.

 

What breed of chickens are you considering? It's fun to look at all the breeds and choose just the ones right for your flock.

 

If you'd like to chat with other members in TX, here's a link to take you to them:

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Alright :welcome great to have you joining the BYC flock :frow

 

 

 

 

Sounds like it will be a really nice coop and security should always be your main concern :clap 

 

 

 

 

Waiting to see your picks of the coop and your new flock :thumbsup

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

 

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Sounds like a good plan.   You may feel like you are overdoing it on the security, but having the knowledge that your chickens are safe from everything that wants to get them is worth a lot.

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Concrete base,  hardware cloth  -  two things dearest to my heart.  Thank you profusely.  It is so hard to convince folks they need hardware cloth rather than poultry wire.

:thumbsupThen you appear and did your homework.  I am  just overcome  :hit with happy tears.   I do hope you will post photos when you are finished.  BAM  Welcome to Backyard chickens, what a great example you are to others!

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Thanks for the welcomes! I've been studying coop designs and construction for some time. Realized I needed hardware cloth early in my research. A neighbor had several chickens killed from coons using chicken wire.

Have not decided on chickens yet. I want to start with pullets and not chicks. Production reds are the easiest to get around here from some feed stores that order them. Some other suppliers offer varieties, and may be able to get pullets there. I'll get the coop done and then decide on the chickens.
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