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I am new at this chicken raising thing, mainly for eggs.  I just this past Saturday bought 2 each of the Rhode Island Reds, Marans, Ameraucana, Welsummer and the Black Sussex varieties.  Cutest things I ever saw!  I think my set up is pretty good for them, but

would like some feedback.  I have a concrete slab that has two rooms, separated from each other by a screen door, and an open area between the two rooms, also concrete slab, that opens out into a 20 foot by 50 foot yard completely enclosed in wire fencing, sides and top.  I used to rescue cats, and had this for them, but they have since all passed and now I want some good fresh eggs!  So the chickens main coop area will be the larger of the two rooms, with 10 nesting boxes, and three roosting poles about 5 feet long each, graduated up.  The floor is concrete, but it was difficult to clean, cats are messy, so I put a slightly textured vinyl flooring in, and it was much easier to mop up.  The smaller room, where the chicks are now, also has the vinyl flooring in it, and they are not slipping and sliding around as I thought they might.  The texture gives them enough footing I guess, plus I have pine shavings all over the floor.  Man, do they ever love to fling those shavings around!!  SO CUTE to watch!  I did not know 4 day old chicks were that feisty!  As soon as the chicks are old enough to move to their other room, I will use the smaller room for storage for all their stuff and feed.

Does anyone have any tried and true advice they would care to impart to a newbie?  I have been reading your questions and answers on other matters and have really gained a lot of good knowledge, and come to realize that many of you, well, most of you think of your chickens as pets, which I absolutely think I will too!  How can you not?  They are so intelligent, and inquisitive and comical, and loving!  Please, flood me with ideas, as this is so exciting and new and wonderful to me.  At 62, I am ready for some excitement and a new adventure!  Thank you to all in advance!

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Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. Your set up sounds pretty good to me, but the more you read and observe your chickens, the more likely it is that you will make a few minor tweaks here and there. My coop has concrete floors (its actually the garden shed) and recently i added dried grass clippings and leaves under the roosts - sure makes cleaning up a lot easier (and less frequent). 

 

If you check out the Learning Centre, you'll find a whole host of resources on all things chicken. Your state thread is worth joining as you will get to know other BYC members in your area (just type your state in the search box). In fact, the search box should become your best friend :) Lastly but by no means least, the members here are amazing - very friendly and helpful, so if you need an answer to a question or simply want some reassurance that what you are doing is ok, then post away - we all help each other out here at BYC.

 

All the best

CT

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