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Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by BantyBoy, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. BantyBoy

    BantyBoy New Egg

    Apr 12, 2009
    Hutto, Texas
    I have been lurking around this website for over 2 years now, but decided to finally register now that I have experience (and I'm catching my second CHICKEN FEVER!). I would like to say THANK YOU to everyone that has contributed to the BYC forums. I have learned A LOThere just be reading, and my chickens are much better off for it.

    I have 14 chickens from two "purchases" : 5 banty cochins (8 months) and 9 standard-sized hens (10 months). I am hoping to pick up about a dozen Golden Comet female chicks and a few Khaki Campbells this week from Tractor Supply Co, but I bet today (Easter) they will be sold out (bad timing on my part).
    I live on a small farm and I have been slowly prepping the soil on the 9000 sq ft area that will eventually be the chicken run. For now, I have 3 tractors : 192 square feet of coop between 14 birds...though a rowdy rooster is seperated in a "lion's portion" of the smallest tractor [​IMG]
    I just finished the last tractor this week and I am quite proud of it. Hopefully, I will be able to post up pictures this week, but I'm not much of a photographer so please bear (sp?) with me.

    I have been fascinated with the Pentacon / Starplate buildings that someone posted here awhile back

    I am looking for the best price on a large roll of 6' welded fence wire.
    250' would be nice, but 150' will easily work.
    14 gauge or thicker would be nice
    2"x4" holes or gradient style would be great. I'm not fond about running heavy gauge 2' chicken wire around the entire base of the 2"x4", but it will likely be cheaper than buy 6' welded wire with 1x1 holes on bottom.

    What crop would be the most effective to grow in the LARGE chicken runs: clover, alfalfa, soy, millet, _____ ? I need something that will grow year-round and mature quick enough to endure the onslaughts of poultry.
  2. Skitz

    Skitz Skitz15k

    Nov 11, 2008
    [​IMG] Hi! Welcome to BYC [​IMG] from TX, Glad you finally joined us!!! well I actually don't know about the crops sorry
  3. patyrdz

    patyrdz The Madd Hatcher

    Feb 26, 2009
    Southern Pines, NC
    Hi! Welcome from North Carolina![​IMG]
  4. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

    Oct 1, 2008
    [​IMG] from the UK
  5. silentrunning

    silentrunning Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2009
    Venice, Florida
    Welcome. The best price in our area for fencing etc. is Lowes. I'm sure in Texas that there are many farm supply stores that can beat their price. Don't forget to check Craigslist. You never know what you will find there.

  6. cwc362

    cwc362 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2008
    Huntingdon- West Tn
    Sorry don't know the answer to any of your questions. I don't think there's much that will survive the onslaught of chickens for very long unless it is really a huge space Or you rotate the chickens and give everything a chance to grow back before putting the chickens back in. BUT I could be wrong. So if I am- somebody jump in and let me know . And also ----[​IMG]
  7. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    Welcome from Michigan
    Sorry I am not able to help with the questions
  8. Lil_Chickadee

    Lil_Chickadee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 11, 2009
  9. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD
    [​IMG] from Thurmont MD.

    And around here Tractor Supply is the best place to purchase fencing of any type.
  10. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Welcome [​IMG] glad your here.

    How big the run you are building? because hens will make almost any size down to brown no matter what you plant.
    Other wise if you are like a 1/2 or an acre for them, then alfa alfa will be good or even just pasture colver.

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