Originally Posted by Peoria Eggs
Hello everyone. New to the site and new to chickens. Im trying to do some research before i try to talk the wife into raising chickens. I live in a track housing development and want to see if anyone could answer some questons about it.
1. How far from the block wall should i keep the coup and run? Im worried about the radiant heat from summer since the area i have ALWAYS gets sun.
2. How many people have issues with them getting out or free ranging then taking flight over the fence? My fence backs up to a vacent lot which has a very busy intersection. I dont want to be causing issues.
3. I know it depends on the chicken but can anyone share stories of noisy chickens and mad neigbors? I spoke to my neighbors and they seem to be ok with it unless they are noisy.
1 Mine are in the space between the house and block wall so right next to it. The important thing is providing some deep shade. Hopefully you have a tree in there? Trees are great in summer because it's way cooler under them than just some man made shade of some sort. Trees actually transpire through their leaves, releasing water and help cool the air below them. The denser the tree canopy the cooler it will be for the birds. If you don't have trees plant some that are very quick growing like moringa (which is also edible) that can grow 12 feet in a year and love heat. There are moringa seeds in the seed box! Maybe some vines on an arbor? At the very least some shade cloth will help until you get some trees or other plants. A damp section of ground can be a life saver when it's over 110. Pans, shallow trays, plant saucers or anything you can use to put water in for them to wade in will help them stay cooler.
2 You can always clip a wing if they start trying to fly over a fence. Most breeds of chicken are happy to stay in the yard but some like jungle fowl and Egyptian fayoumis love to fly. Of course flight is only an issue if you free range them. I only free range them for a few hours just before roosting time. They put themselves to bed just before sun down and don't have time to get into much trouble because they are busy foraging their last meal of the day.
3 They are noisy when they lay an egg. Some individuals are louder than others. Keeping them away from neighbor's bedroom windows is a good idea. However they are not as loud as a barking dog! Since I'm on a corner lot my chickens are pretty far from any of the neighbor's homes.
Originally Posted by aviddamy
1. I put my coop in the middle of my back yard to keep it away from my neighbors. My backyard is sadly full sun, so I am planting moringa trees to give them more shade. They tend to stay in the coop during the worst part of the day.
2. I've had chickens for over a year and I've only had one get out and that was due to getting startled by something. I was outside luckily and was able to get her back into the yard. I have my run contained and only I let them out to free range when I can watch them, I have had people try to bring me other people's chickens though assuming they were mine. I went and counted and nope that's not mine haha.
3. None of my neighbors have said a word about my hens and they make a ton of noise sometimes. My head hen when she does an egg song, they all sing. It's really loud. They did it once at 3AM. I ran outside to shut them up. Having chickens is always an adventure. But if you get one that is noisy, its really easy to just rehome that particular hen.
Moringa trees are always a good choice for here!
Originally Posted by BBQJOE
Anyone need a big beautiful Americauna rooster? He's 6 mo old.
Originally Posted by FeatherPugs
I had to go look at the 3 story pen with a top on it!! So I went to him....... Anyhow Ranger came to the farmer who took him in then bought him a harem! For the farmer this is his hobby. He will sell babies but he's not looking to make money, just break even. Like I said the farmer was afraid I would take him back so I explained how I knew him, etc., etc. Farmer was very pleased and will keep his name Ranger since he hasn't named any of them yet waiting for his granddaughters to name them when they come for spring break! He said I could come look anytime. I was very pleased to say the least. No longer a mystery.
I'm so glad he got a home, and a flock of ladies to boot!