GOOD MORNING MINNASOTANS! I am so glad I found this thread!! I am a newbie and got my first 25 chicks just 6 days ago. Lost 2 the first night to the cold (they got pushed out from under the mama heating pad contraption and couldn't find there way back in :( ) and then lost another the next night (don't know why) found him under the heating pad. But so far the other 22 are going strong! I have 10 Barred Plymouth Rocks, 5 Blue Cochins, 5 Golden Laced Wyandottes and now 2 Australorps left.
I'm in the process of building a coop that is attached to the horse barn. The frame will be built out of pallets and the base is from free cinder blocks from a friend who took down her greenhouse - yay for recycling! I bought 1/4" hardware cloth and will be surrounding the coop and run with it but do I need to bury it or can I just place rocks on top of it...there is no shortage of rocks up here :)
We have 16 acres up in the arrowhead 10 miles inland from Tettegouche State Park. I have been searching for other chicken owners up here but haven't been too successful. Anyone close to me? I would love advice on what the "do's and don'ts" are in this area as far as predators and such. We don't seem to have any issues right now I think due to our having 3 large dogs that seem to chase everything away. Our neighbors about a mile away have seen wolves near their horse pasture but nothing has popped up here. Their pasture is quite a ways away from their house but our pasture is close to the house and garage. I can post some pics later when I get home from work.