A Question concerning Ethology

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by trainurchkns, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. trainurchkns

    trainurchkns New Egg

    Apr 15, 2017
    Hello Backyard Chicken Members! As a potentially new Chicken owner I'm here to make sure I get it right from the start. I've actually worked at barns that have backyard chickens so to speak practically my whole life growing up in a small town and going to a welder farm school where we took on barn chores. however I've never done this myself and I have a few questions. In addition to my interest in home stead farming I'm an aspiring progressive positive reinforcement dog trainer, and plan to make this my new career path. now idk if you've heard but dog trainers have been using chickens to hone there mechanical skills coordination and timing in training any animal (yes including us!). So as a trainer the welfare of the animal is of the utmost important to myself. This leads to my first question my family is having a chicken coop made my some local farmer and builder. My father is concerned with cleanliness and suggested to the builder putting in an epoxy flooring for efficient cleaning. my concern is in the ethology of our chickens, will the texture of the epoxy floor be of concern for their feet, legs and footing so to speak. of course we will put hay/shavings or the suggested bedding of choice among all you experts. Any feedback is MUCH Appreciated! thanks sooo much and thanks for having me here I cant wait to learn from you all.
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us. Maybe your question would be best answered in this forum - https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/9/coop-run-design-construction-maintenance

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread#post_3239224

    All the best
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Howdy from Kansas and :welcome! Great to have in our community! CTKen gave you great advice and links so I'll just say best wishes and thanks for joining BYC!
  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under trainurchkns [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received links to some good starting points, I will just wish you all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture

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