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Hi Everyone. 

My name is Ashley. My husband and I live in coastal southern Maine, pretty close to the coast. We have three small children, 5, 2 and 10 months old. My husband said he wanted some chickens YESTERDAY. He hates ticks, with a passion and I suppose he read somewhere recently that Chickens are great at eating ticks. We have always been interested in having some chickens around the house but this new idea that we might actually have some is pretty awesome. Maine, as far as I am aware, has pretty much no real ordinances about backyard chickens. Though I haven't fully researched it (since i've only been researching since yesterday). 

 

We are still in the "development" process of this journey. We have a nice wooden shed in our backyard that we are thinking about converting to a chicken coup. I think we could easily manage to do that and create a winter run in front of the shed. The chickens would be pasture run throughout the spring, summer and fall, and would be kept to the run in the winter, except on nice no snow days where we can watch them. We have a fully fenced in backyard. 


By my husband's guess the shed is about 6ft by 10ft. It has a shingle peak roof. It's probably 6ft high... really rough guesses. It has two doors that open out, and two non functional windows. We are thinking about cutting and hinging the windows to create ventilation and little perches for the chickens. 

 

We don't want a rooster. 

 

A few questions I have are: 

1. We live on a street, and the houses are next to each other. How much space should I have between the coop and the neighbors so they aren't bothered by the smell. In that same vein, how smell would a coop with about 8-10 chickens get? I imagine the coop itself will smell "bird-like" to "farm-like" but will the whole backyard smell like that, and like the question asks, will the neighbors, aside from seeing chickens be able to SMELL that chickens live in our backyard? Obviously, hygiene factors into this question. We would probably clean the coop as often as humanly possible without disturbing the chickens too much. 

My second question is: Do neighbors in general find chickens a nuisance or don't mind? Keep in mind I live in a street where the houses are close together. But we have a pretty large yard. I'd say our whole lot is about 1/2 - acre including house, front yard and back. 

 

I'll think of more questions as they pop up. 


HI EVERYONE!! :) Hope to hear what everyone has to offer in terms of advice. 

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post #2 of 7

Hi and welcome to BYC :)

 

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Originally Posted by athomas718 View Post
 

We have a nice wooden shed in our backyard that we are thinking about converting to a chicken coup. I think we could easily manage to do that and create a winter run in front of the shed. The chickens would be pasture run throughout the spring, summer and fall, and would be kept to the run in the winter, except on nice no snow days where we can watch them. We have a fully fenced in backyard. 

 

Even with a fenced in yard you will likely have predator issues, even during the day.  There are ways to provide hiding places for birds.  I find that my birds can only roam when I am home to watch them, otherwise they are not long for this world.


By my husband's guess the shed is about 6ft by 10ft. It has a shingle peak roof. It's probably 6ft high... really rough guesses. It has two doors that open out, and two non functional windows. We are thinking about cutting and hinging the windows to create ventilation and little perches for the chickens. 

 

A coop that size should be able to house around 15 birds.  Ventilation is key, and the more the better, even in winter ventilation is crucial to the health of birds.

 

We don't want a rooster. 

 

Don't blame you there

1. We live on a street, and the houses are next to each other. How much space should I have between the coop and the neighbors so they aren't bothered by the smell. In that same vein, how smell would a coop with about 8-10 chickens get? I imagine the coop itself will smell "bird-like" to "farm-like" but will the whole backyard smell like that, and like the question asks, will the neighbors, aside from seeing chickens be able to SMELL that chickens live in our backyard? Obviously, hygiene factors into this question. We would probably clean the coop as often as humanly possible without disturbing the chickens too much. 

 

I do not notice any smell outside the coop.  I use the deep litter method.


My second question is: Do neighbors in general find chickens a nuisance or don't mind? Keep in mind I live in a street where the houses are close together. But we have a pretty large yard. I'd say our whole lot is about 1/2 - acre including house, front yard and back. 

 

Even hens can make quite a bit of noise, especially when singing their egg song.  You  might want to review local ordinances before getting too far into the project.

 

I'll think of more questions as they pop up. 

 

Ask away - you may find the Coops section of the Forum the best place for coop questions.  Check out the Learning Center for excellent links and advice.

 

Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 

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Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 

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

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

 

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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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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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Welcome to Backyard chickens.    Actually guineas are the champion tick eaters.  My Byc friend in Maine,  has gotten some because  she has already had lyme disease.

 

However they alarm easily (great warning system) and can be very noisy.  She also have chickens, etc.

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Yes Guineas are VERY noisy!  I really liked it when my neighbor had them, they would come over and clean things up, then go back home so I did not have to listen to nighttime alarms :lol:

Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 

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Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 

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Thank you! 

Facebook Blog of my flock: 

 

https://www.facebook.com/Littlehennypennies

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Facebook Blog of my flock: 

 

https://www.facebook.com/Littlehennypennies

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