Another new chook owner.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Hiltonizer, Apr 30, 2011.

  1. Hiltonizer

    Hiltonizer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2011
    Central Maine
    Hi Everyone,

    Thanks to all the great info available on the internet about owning chickens (99% of which I'm pretty sure I found here), I just brought home 4 young ISA Browns early this afternoon. A nice family the next town over had some extras from their brooder and was looking for homes on Craigslist, and

    Wanting to do this on a budget, I had scoured the interwebs on how to just put together a simple coop from a "rain barrel". I have access to this at work so figured why the hell not. Having not found anything in all my search, I busted out the circular saw and drill i'm barely qualified to use... see pictures 2 and 3.

    I knew Hawks would be a problem around here (southern NH), and I already had my first scare. I just happened to be outside by the temporary pen I had put together when a hawk swooped down just above ground level making a line right for girls. I ran towards it hissing like I do when my cat is being a turd... it was just over them ready for the kill and I scared it off. Fortunately it didn't know I had no plan for if I actually got to arms length of it, those talons are sharp. Idea is to free range as I have an acre full of all kinds of bugs- though I'm not sure my dog leaves any ticks outside, but I'm going to have to devise a better temporary solution tomorrow until they are big enough to not be hawk food. This is supposed to be the dogs job!

    This thread is useless without pics, so here they are. Thanks for having me!
  2. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
  3. Hiltonizer

    Hiltonizer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2011
    Central Maine
    had to post pics separate as a new member, spam control of course...




    And of course, Moose, the protector:

  4. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. That is a great idea for a coop. [​IMG]
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC. I like your set up, very innovative!
  6. zengrrl

    zengrrl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2011
    Oakland County, MI
    One of the most resourceful ways to keep chickens that I've seen, and thats sayin something. Great job and [​IMG] from Michigan.
  7. adarnold

    adarnold Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 3, 2011
    Elnora, IN
    [​IMG] What a neat idea for a coop.
  8. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
  9. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Wow, I like your coop. Very creative [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2011
  10. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    [​IMG] from Indiana!!! [​IMG]

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