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Hi

 

Looking at getting a few chooks in about 6 months.

 

I'm new to chickens (had cats,dogs, mice and fish as a kid , more of a dog person)

 

No chickens yet, just moving into our first house next week, has a decent sized garden around 400m2

in Sydney Australia

 

Other hobbies are electronics and Jazz (play sax).

Have a 19 month old daughter and love watching her learn.

 

 

Things to do first before getting/making a coop and then chickens

 

Fix up garden irrigation (have a 10k litre rainwater tank, need to overhaul pump and replace/install new fittings)

Plan and build up garden beds for veggies

Fix fences

Clean out any plants that might be toxic to chickens

 

Also get to know the neighbours on my block with chickens (at least 2 houses with chickens in the closest 6 houses).

 

 

Main reasons for wanting chooks

eggs  - I usually eat 2-3 eggs 5-6 days a week for breakfast

fertiliser for garden

post #2 of 6

Welcome to BYC :frow It's great that you are doing the research before taking the plunge, unlike some… :hide  Have you checked out the Learning Center yet? There are some articles on toxic plants, gardening with chickens and of course the essentials like how many chickens you can fit into a certain space and what breeds will be best for you. Enjoy the site and keep us posted! 

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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

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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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G'Day,   BYC has a large Aussie population  and a thread "Australia, six states and one funny little Island. - as well as many Aussies that post on  whatever threads interest them onhere.

 

Welcome to Backyard chickens:frow

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Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

 

All the best

CT

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Thread Starter 

Thanks!

 

Yes been reading through the learning centre for a few weeks.

 

Just trying to work out whether to build my own coop or go for a kit or off the shelf coop or even one of the plastic ones.

 

Want something thats very easy to clean, doesn't get to hot in summer - we've just had a run of 20 days over 25*c with most getting to 30*C

and a few up to 35*C. Though about 1/3 to 1/2 the garden is shaded depending on time of day.

Also will make a chicken tractor or two to fit the garden beds.

 

The garden gets a nice sea breeze as we're up on a hill about 2km from the beach.

 

Looks like the main annoyances are going to be rats, myna's and silver eyes.

A few crows and currawongs in the area and a few sea eagles. Are foxes in the area.

http://www.warringah.nsw.gov.au/environment/your-backyard/backyard-creatures  

 

Chance of getting a bush/brush turkey in the garden but they prefer gardens with plenty of scrub/canopy.

https://www.warringah.nsw.gov.au/environment/species/b.

 

Currently thinking 6 chickens.

Possibly 2 hybrids(isa browns or similar) , 2 Australorps and 2 silkies or 2 frizzles(the last 2 more as pets for my daughter)

Council has a limit of 6 chickens allowed and no roosters but they only enforce the numbers if they get complaints and no ducks allowed. 

State government says 5 chickens http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/fragview/inforce/epi+572+2008+pt.2-div.1-sdiv.21+0+N?tocnav=y

 

Main problem is my wife is terrified of all animals (though as a young child her family keep chickens) and has mostly lived in apartments

and never had any pets. Her sister has a dog.

Given her a choice of chickens or a dog . She said chickens.

 

A dog will come later in a few years time. 

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