1st Time Chicken Owner & 1st Time Home Built Coop, Long Beach CA

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MotoChicken, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. MotoChicken

    MotoChicken Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 21, 2010
    Long Beach
    My wife and I are your 100% Long Beach, California city couple, raising three small kids while holding down full time jobs.

    We have a small back yard which is 1/2 pavement and limited space for planting. My wife wanted healthier food for our family and has had great success in utilizing space in the yard along with planting tubs for growing organic fruit and vegatables.

    Success with Apples, Watermelon, Plums, Nectarines, Oranges, Pumpkins, Carrots, Sweet White Corn, Yellow Corn, Artichokes, Onions, Ice Berg Lettuce, Butter Leaf Lettuce, Arugula Lettuce, Green Beans, Squash, Apricots, Yellow Pair Tomatos, Cucumbers, Zuchini, Japanesse Eggplant, Snow Peas, Sweet Peas, Grapes, Blue Berry Bush, Celery, Strawberrys, Herbs Rosemary, Cilantro, Basil, Sage, Oregano, Beaf Steak Tomatos, Brocolli, Sweet Onions, Green Onions, Yellow Onions, White Onions, Garlic, Purple Onions, Beets, Jalapeno Peppers, Cerano Chilles, Sweet Peppers, Green Peppers. The only problem with what we are growing is we need more ROOM to grow larger quanaties of what we like. [​IMG]

    Our gardenting roots started young with myself and my 20 yard lawn route business at the age of 14. I had a lawn mower, edger and blower on a modified 3 wheel bicycle I rode from job to job. So, while my friends went surfing at the beach I was working my butt off making money. Needless to say, at the age of 44 I am NOT a big lawn or gardening type of guy. Up until now, my wife has been the one who tills the soil while I enjoyed the outcome of fresh produce.

    So getting to the chicken part, I went to the store to buy groceries which I do about 4 times a year (my wife usually does the grocery shopping). When I went to purchase organic eggs and saw how much they cost, I was shocked? I bought them but at that point decided to start looking into raising our own chickens.

    1st Stop,: "Getting a Chicken House," I mean, how much could one really cost, $50 or $100 at the most? One of my strenths in live is the art of wheeling and dealing. I wheel and deal daily with cars and motorcycles and consider myself and expert on "finding a good deal". So I went on to Craigslist, Ebay and general google search and was shocked, a chicken coop for $500? It was at that point, I decided to build it myself, something I knew I could do not only better but for 1/3 of the cost.

    2nd Stop: Started searching other people's chicken houses on the net. I found a ton of houses with so many different designs to choose from. I needed one for a small backyard and through my search I located one I thought would do the job, it was called a Dutch Hen House (original price tag - $675.00). It looked simple enough and I thought I could recreate it with minimal problems. Although written instructions would have been ideal, there weren't any so I did it the old fasion way and printed the pictures and built it off what I saw.


    3rd Stop: Went to the local chicken and fowl supplier called the "Red Barn" in BellFlower, California. I spoke with a young man there who was very helpful and informative. So me and my two daughters (6yrs & 3yrs) and son (6 months) picked out 2 Brad Rock chickens. We purchased everything we needed and they even had boxes out back to raise them in............a paper box with a heat lamp?? What??

    4th Stop set of the cardboard box to raise the two girls named Hanna and Lady Gaga


    5th Stop: Start building my chicken house while the girls get older (in their hot box in the garage). I did my own spin on the chicken house and added some enhancements I thought would be useful. One improvement I made was to make the floor of the coop removable for cleaning and moving around. I added a floor and some gizmos to lift and lower the water, feed and little door.




    How did that get in here??

    6th Stop: House is 90% done and ready for Hana and Lady Gaga (can you tell our 6 year old and 3 year old named them).

    Go here to see a youtube video of our chicken coop http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbNJmP_p3jo

    Beach CA sad to say has horrible laws for allowing raising chickens

    Long Beach CA. The law is 1 chicken with a 20 feet setback restriction. Twenty chickens are allowed with a 50 feet setback restriction from single and two-family dwellings, and a 100 feet setback restriction from hotels or multiple (3+) family dwellings. This is virtually impossible in a city like Long Beach.

    I want a total of 4 chickens, so Chicken Stealth Mode [​IMG]

    Glad to be here
    The website and members have been so very helpfull.

  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Hi and [​IMG] from Forks, WA. Love the new place and the adorable chicks.
  3. 3chimama

    3chimama Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    Enjoyed reading your post. Welcome to BYC from Oregon!
    Your kids will love raising chicks!!
  4. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

    Jan 27, 2009
    [​IMG] From Western Washington State.

    Watch out for the ordinance folk in your town. I know of at least one of your neighbors have had a run in with them.
  5. wekiva bird

    wekiva bird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2010
    South Carolina
    [​IMG] [​IMG] from south carolina/fla. it looks great [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  6. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    Hello from Tucson and [​IMG] I love your coop!. Lots of people will want to know, how's your ventilation?
  7. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. You are off the a great start. [​IMG]
  8. cambriagardener

    cambriagardener Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow, I'm impressed. You jumped right in. Wishing you the best on your new endeavor.

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