My First Chicken Coop/Run and How I'm Building a Better, Bigger Coop for New Baby Chick Arrival

What I've learned during my 1st year.
By drauntpam · Feb 8, 2019 ·
  1. drauntpam
    I got the chicks before the eggs!

    This will be my second year of raising chicks. I got five 2 week old chicks from TSC last year on a whim - no supplies yet except the pine flake, feeder, waterer, and feed I got the same day. Put them all in a big cardboard box on the porch (one of them died the first night, another the 2nd, both due to being too cold - my inexperience). Next day I got a heat lamp, thermometer, and large plastic tub and moved them inside. Oh, did I mention I also got 4 more chicks? Yep! All of those survived for awhile - I had 3 RIRs that I couldn't tell apart and eventually named them Eunice, Gladys, and Hazel after my Grandma and her 2 sisters. My neighbor's dog ate Eunice about 2 weeks ago! :rant
    My purchases have included 2 Golden Comets (one died the first night, the other was my favorite, "Screech," :loveshe loved to be held and petted, but "disappeared" about 2 weeks before the neighbor's dog ate Eunice), and 2 Cinnamon Queens (one died 2nd night, the other is my next favorite "Cinnamon" who likes being hand fed but not held). I also had 3 Sienna Stars (Queen Cleopatra, Queen Latifah, and Queen Elizabeth) that have all have "disappeared", and 2 white Leghorns (1 more infant death) and "Miss Piggy." When they were about 4 months old I got "Professor Snape," a Black/Lavender Orphington Rooster who is simply magnificent! About a month ago I got "Henny" and "Penny," 8 and 4 month old Buff Orphingtons from HennyPennyInnHatchery ( So far I have purchased a total of 12 chickens and currently have only 7 left.:hmm

    So . . . :weeI just ordered about 40 day old chicks to arrive in 2 shipments about 4 weeks apart from Hoover's. Can't wait to start having more eggs than I know what to do with! :celebrate Now for naming all of them!

    I am in the process of expanding my run. I love my babies! By the time I'm finished I will have about a 1/4 acre run, which will immediately need to be enlarged. Also needing to build a bigger coop and set up a brooder station (now that I know what I really want to incorporate and am expanding into more of an egg production flock). IMG_9398.JPG IMG_9405.JPG

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    I am a multitasker. I have way too much education (BM, MS, Ph.D.) and since moving back to my hometown am only able to use the experience gained from being a junior high band director, psychoneuroimmunology and immunotoxicology researcher, and elementary music specialist.

    I am still a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant (, Gourd Artist (https:/, and most recently Chicken Enthusiast.

    I am always excited:wee to learn new things and am in the process of using the experience gained from this last year as a new chicken Mama to expand my chicken run and designing/building a new bigger coop to accommodate the 39 day old chicks that will be arriving in 2 batches in another 6 weeks or so. Any advice you have for me would be greatly appreciated! Thanks bunches!

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