My husband and I purchased our very first home in April 2015. It was a months of stress when we were house hunting. My husband always envisioned living in the city, white picket fence kinda home. I dreamed of country living, a farm someday, and lots of land. After months of searching in a crazy market (we had to bid for houses and lost 2x) we got a house and it was testing time. It had .28 acres, only half of the backyard was fenced, and was in a neighborhood that didn't allow chickens. If you wanted to build a dog house you had to get it approved! Well we spent a few thousand dollars in test like home inspections and pest and found out it need a lot of repairs. Foundation issues, mold, you name it. The seller's refused to fix it so we had to walk away. A day later I found my dream home. It was out in the country, had a half acre fenced in, and allowed chickens! I have always wanted chickens!
Our House & Backyard
After settling into our home I decide it was time to work on getting my first flock started. I spent hours researching breeds and how to care for chickens. That's how I found Which is my go to place for everything chicken! I got so many ideas off this site for building my coop and run. Like this chicken nipple waterier:
2 Buff Orpingtons Pullets
2 Silkies (unsexed) Possibly colored splash and blue
Names are: Josie, Jubilee, Ryder, & Ruca (if they are turn out to be girls). Inspired by the Grateful Dead
I got my Silkies from a small farm when they were just a few days old. My husband picked one out and so did I. My Buffs I got from a larger farm that sexes chickens. They were a little over a week old. I was not allowed to chose the chicks or see much of the farm because I owned chickens (the silkies) to prevent spread of disease. My Buffs both had pasty butt when I got them. Good thing I did my research to recognize it. Both farms were less than an hour away from me in North Carolina.
I purchased my coop as a duck house. It was $75. I thought this was a great deal because it had a awesome roof. Than my husband and I transformed into a chicken coop we now named the Hen House. After cleaning it out really well. We added 3 windows covered with hardware cloth, 2 nesting boxes that open, made the door larger, put down flooring, a roost, and put it up on legs. We also painted the coop and I have been attempting to stencil it but that hasn't worked out as good.
We are still building the run. Put we have a pretty solid plan thanks to BYC coop plans/ideas. We have purchased wood and painted it and have 2 sides done. The run will be 6ft by 6ft. We hope to finish it by the end of the week of the rain holds off. We also have to build a ramp. Pics coming soon!
The duck house I pucharsed came with a horse through that they used as a pond for ducks. I turned that into a brooder after cleaning it out. I used pine shavings with card board underneath, a roost, heating lamp, water, and food.
I ended up raising the water, and food and adding a roost.