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post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by Dolivo View Post



I had to draw a rough sketch of it. Coop and existing pen are what the chickens have now. Pen 2 & 3 will be built this spring.

whats the space for each pen?

 

WRT roosters it really depends on the breed.    I have always had between three and five at one time.   Like someone said the hens tend to scatter about.    I have watched my roos post them selves on opposite corners or near the most hens.    And Yes the hens will alert as well.

 

Always an alpha roo in the group...  He was the Boss or alpha and squabbles would occure but well within the range of normal behavior.  Usually with only a pulled feather or two following a screaming and running session :gig.   The offence?  someone trying to get a lick in when his back was turned.   But for the most part pretty peaciful coexistance.   benefits of being raised together.

Past poultry: Buff Brhama, EE, Barred rock, Wellsummer,

Bantam mixes, Araucana, Turkeys, & Guinea Fowl.

Future poultry:  Guinea Fowl, Sumatra, Wellsummer, Muscovy

"A dream without a plan is just a wish" Katherine Paterson

Regarding the horses in our lives

 

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Past poultry: Buff Brhama, EE, Barred rock, Wellsummer,

Bantam mixes, Araucana, Turkeys, & Guinea Fowl.

Future poultry:  Guinea Fowl, Sumatra, Wellsummer, Muscovy

"A dream without a plan is just a wish" Katherine Paterson

Regarding the horses in our lives

 

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post #12 of 19
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Hmmm I don't know the measurements of the pens, but they are not small. I live on 12 acres and I would guess each pen is 2,000 sq ft at least.
post #13 of 19
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Hmmm I don't know the measurements of the pens, but they are not small. I live on 12 acres and I would guess each pen is 2,000 sq ft at least.


LOts of space then....   I have eighteen acres and cant fence it.  Wild Medicinals.... 

 

deb

Past poultry: Buff Brhama, EE, Barred rock, Wellsummer,

Bantam mixes, Araucana, Turkeys, & Guinea Fowl.

Future poultry:  Guinea Fowl, Sumatra, Wellsummer, Muscovy

"A dream without a plan is just a wish" Katherine Paterson

Regarding the horses in our lives

 

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Past poultry: Buff Brhama, EE, Barred rock, Wellsummer,

Bantam mixes, Araucana, Turkeys, & Guinea Fowl.

Future poultry:  Guinea Fowl, Sumatra, Wellsummer, Muscovy

"A dream without a plan is just a wish" Katherine Paterson

Regarding the horses in our lives

 

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post #14 of 19

I am new to chicken keeping.  Our coop will be built on a hill that is pretty barren.  I'm planning on using electric wire fence around about an acre to keep out most ground predators.  I've seeded part of it with clovers and grasses for foraging, and have a large number of blackberry seedlings that I bought from the state conservation department for pretty cheap, and will plant several of those in the chicken pen.

 

I'm thinking of making a teepee or two from leftover pole bean seeds for a shelter??  I also have sunflower seeds that I bought to shade the coop, which is raised 18 inches off the ground as an additional shelter.  I have an igloo doghouse that I found on the curb that my dog never used but maybe the chickens will?

 

I really love this picture of a chicken gazebo that we could build from fallen wood:  Image result for chicken gazebo 

 

And I saw very simple ideas here:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/698036/hawks-how-can-i-keep-the-hawks-away-from-my-chickens/90

 

I also bought some reflective tape that I am planning on putting strips on cheap wooden stakes to make "flags" around the area.

 

It really sounds like anything the chickens can hide under or that disrupts the hawk/eagle from being able to make a dive will help deter.

post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by silarajc View Post
 

I am new to chicken keeping.  Our coop will be built on a hill that is pretty barren.  I'm planning on using electric wire fence around about an acre to keep out most ground predators.  I've seeded part of it with clovers and grasses for foraging, and have a large number of blackberry seedlings that I bought from the state conservation department for pretty cheap, and will plant several of those in the chicken pen.

 

I'm thinking of making a teepee or two from leftover pole bean seeds for a shelter??  I also have sunflower seeds that I bought to shade the coop, which is raised 18 inches off the ground as an additional shelter.  I have an igloo doghouse that I found on the curb that my dog never used but maybe the chickens will?

 

I really love this picture of a chicken gazebo that we could build from fallen wood:  Image result for chicken gazebo 

 

And I saw very simple ideas here:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/698036/hawks-how-can-i-keep-the-hawks-away-from-my-chickens/90

 

I also bought some reflective tape that I am planning on putting strips on cheap wooden stakes to make "flags" around the area.

 

It really sounds like anything the chickens can hide under or that disrupts the hawk/eagle from being able to make a dive will help deter.

Any plants that you want to keep alive in a chicken run need to be protected. What they don't eat, they will uproot with scratching.

post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by silarajc View Post
 

I am new to chicken keeping.  Our coop will be built on a hill that is pretty barren.  I'm planning on using electric wire fence around about an acre to keep out most ground predators.  I've seeded part of it with clovers and grasses for foraging, and have a large number of blackberry seedlings that I bought from the state conservation department for pretty cheap, and will plant several of those in the chicken pen.

 

I'm thinking of making a teepee or two from leftover pole bean seeds for a shelter??  I also have sunflower seeds that I bought to shade the coop, which is raised 18 inches off the ground as an additional shelter.  I have an igloo doghouse that I found on the curb that my dog never used but maybe the chickens will?

 

I really love this picture of a chicken gazebo that we could build from fallen wood:  Image result for chicken gazebo 

 

And I saw very simple ideas here:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/698036/hawks-how-can-i-keep-the-hawks-away-from-my-chickens/90

 

I also bought some reflective tape that I am planning on putting strips on cheap wooden stakes to make "flags" around the area.

 

It really sounds like anything the chickens can hide under or that disrupts the hawk/eagle from being able to make a dive will help deter.

Any plants that you want to keep alive in a chicken run need to be protected. What they don't eat, they will uproot with scratching.


they will clean the yard out better n goats

Past poultry: Buff Brhama, EE, Barred rock, Wellsummer,

Bantam mixes, Araucana, Turkeys, & Guinea Fowl.

Future poultry:  Guinea Fowl, Sumatra, Wellsummer, Muscovy

"A dream without a plan is just a wish" Katherine Paterson

Regarding the horses in our lives

 

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Past poultry: Buff Brhama, EE, Barred rock, Wellsummer,

Bantam mixes, Araucana, Turkeys, & Guinea Fowl.

Future poultry:  Guinea Fowl, Sumatra, Wellsummer, Muscovy

"A dream without a plan is just a wish" Katherine Paterson

Regarding the horses in our lives

 

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post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by silarajc View Post
 

I am new to chicken keeping.  Our coop will be built on a hill that is pretty barren.  I'm planning on using electric wire fence around about an acre to keep out most ground predators.  I've seeded part of it with clovers and grasses for foraging, and have a large number of blackberry seedlings that I bought from the state conservation department for pretty cheap, and will plant several of those in the chicken pen.

 

I'm thinking of making a teepee or two from leftover pole bean seeds for a shelter??  I also have sunflower seeds that I bought to shade the coop, which is raised 18 inches off the ground as an additional shelter.  I have an igloo doghouse that I found on the curb that my dog never used but maybe the chickens will?

 

I really love this picture of a chicken gazebo that we could build from fallen wood:  Image result for chicken gazebo 

 

And I saw very simple ideas here:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/698036/hawks-how-can-i-keep-the-hawks-away-from-my-chickens/90

 

I also bought some reflective tape that I am planning on putting strips on cheap wooden stakes to make "flags" around the area.

 

It really sounds like anything the chickens can hide under or that disrupts the hawk/eagle from being able to make a dive will help deter.


by the way I love that gazebo....  I have lots of twisty wood I could use....

 

deb

Past poultry: Buff Brhama, EE, Barred rock, Wellsummer,

Bantam mixes, Araucana, Turkeys, & Guinea Fowl.

Future poultry:  Guinea Fowl, Sumatra, Wellsummer, Muscovy

"A dream without a plan is just a wish" Katherine Paterson

Regarding the horses in our lives

 

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Past poultry: Buff Brhama, EE, Barred rock, Wellsummer,

Bantam mixes, Araucana, Turkeys, & Guinea Fowl.

Future poultry:  Guinea Fowl, Sumatra, Wellsummer, Muscovy

"A dream without a plan is just a wish" Katherine Paterson

Regarding the horses in our lives

 

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post #18 of 19
love that gazebo!!
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by perchie.girl View Post
 


they will clean the yard out better n goats


I have heard they clean out an area really well - hoping the lower density of chickens on that plot will help mitigate that, but...I was planning on putting wire around any plantings to keep the chickens out, at least until it has time to establish itself and grow.

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