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My grandmother in Nebraska used to raise chickens, and I've always wanted to do the same some day.  We'll be moving the the SE U.S,. in a few months, to a place with enough land to have chickens... can't wait!  In the meantime I'm in the "just-learning" stage... just joined today.  Came across this website while looking at mobile coop designs online.  Any comments, ideas, advice, warnings, etc. WELCOMED!

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Welcome to BYC :frow Glad you joined the flock! It's great that you are researching before jumping in, like some of us did :hide The Learning Center here is a good place to start:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

 

You'll find info there on things like picking a breed, keeping the flock healthy, feeding, predator control and much more. Enjoy the site!

 

“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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Hi and :welcome - glad that you have joined us, and I'm afraid I was in the same boat as Sumi when it came to planning (or lack thereof), so good for you!

 

All the best

CT

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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

 

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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Planning ahead of time is something I wasn't smart enough to do!  Had the hair-brained idea to get chickens, ordered them that night, and suddenly found myself with 22 chicks in a box in hubby's office - in late February - with no coop even designed, let alone built!!  By April 1st I had had quite enough of the dust and the noise so I evicted them into an unfinished coop!!  Yep, you are smart to plan ahead.

 

@sumi definitely pointed you in the right direction.  I will tell you that as a relative beginner here myself, I sometimes found the information on this site overwhelming and, at times, conflicting. Heat lamps, heating pads, Eco-brooders, food and water in the coop, out of the coop, deep litter method, sand....everyone thinks their way is the best way.   That's because it is - for them!! You just go ahead and wade through and then pick and choose what you think will be best for your location, goals, and situation!  Common sense is generally your best friend. And if you make a mistake, there's usually no harm done - chickens are pretty forgiving.  The sun will still come up the next day and the birdies will still sing, and you'll be one mistake wiser than you were the day before.  I think that's why I enjoy having chickens so much - there are very few "rules" but a lot of smart guidelines.

 

Welcome to BYC, and good luck in your new home!!

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frow.gif Hi, and WELCOME TO BYC!!

You've come to the perfect place for info on anything fowl related! Definitely check out the learning center that @sumi provided a link for smile.png
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If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.

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Blooie always knows the right things to say , and she is right. Welcome to Backyard chickens. I often have to remind myself that everything is NOT a life or death situation and everybody makes mistakes.

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