Backyard Brahmas!!

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by SD Bird Lady, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. kirbyekitchen

    kirbyekitchen Out Of The Brooder

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    Building the coop today. Anyone have any tips for me? Anything you wish you knew the first time around?
     
  2. carcar80

    carcar80 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hmm. If I could go back, I'd not necessarily make my first coop smaller, but I do understand now the advantage of a raised coop. My first is a great one, but sits on the ground, an at 4x8' that's a lot of space taken up in the run! (It was originally meant to be opened during the day for 100% free-ranged birds but ended up needing more protection, hence it being inside a run now).

    Have fun! Post pics! :)
     
  3. kirbyekitchen

    kirbyekitchen Out Of The Brooder

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    First time outside!!
     
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  4. bamadude

    bamadude Overrun With Chickens

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    Nice looking flock kirby.
     
  5. bumpercarr

    bumpercarr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The one I just built is big...I built separate apartments in the coop so that I can separate out birds and breed when and who I want to breed. I have a walkway down the middle of the apartments with access doors into them from the walkway. My coop is on the ground....don't like that so much, but with this size it was necessary. But, because it is also tall (12' at the center), I was able to build some second floor apartments. Access doors are good (access for you to collect eggs and chickens), but think about their placement, how often you will be using them and how sturdy they need to be. My first coop I blocked the access door with the nesting boxes, thinking that it would make it really convenient to collect eggs. But there are many times that you also need to collect chickens and for the less tame ones it is easier to do it at night when they are in the coop. I would have rethought that and did in the new coop.

    Also, if you are building a smaller coop, it's nice if you can move it around. Chicken poo makes great fertilizer. If you are free ranging, that isn't so much of an issue.

    And, if you are ever going to get an automatic door, make sure your cut outs for the chicken's access aren't too big. Otherwise, you may have to jerry rig something to make the doors fit.
     
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  6. kirbyekitchen

    kirbyekitchen Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey, thanks friend! It was so fun to sit and watch them.
     
  7. kirbyekitchen

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    Ok. So we started looking at all the wood we have collected and it's not nearly enough to have the coop we want. Soooo... We went to TSC and bought a small coop with an attached run to get us through until we can collect/barter for/buy more. And then we all went for a hike and had icees to cool off. :) Thanks for all the great suggestions.
     
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  8. Retrieverluvr

    Retrieverluvr Out Of The Brooder

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    Anyone have an idea on sexes of these cuties? 5 weeks old. I lucked out last year ordering from Murry Mc Murray. I ordered 2 light Brahma's and both were pullets!
     
  9. bumpercarr

    bumpercarr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like two pullets and a cockerel to me. Let us know when you know for sure, we like to keep track of our %.

    I love them in the ugly stage [​IMG]
     
  10. bumpercarr

    bumpercarr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just to give everyone an update. I feel like I can definitively say that the 8 month old pullet has pulled through, she is now spending time outside of the coop (although she does not like being alone out there...she's very skittish right now). She is standing upright, using her neck appropriately, eating and drinking fine, even manages to give the chicks that I've tried to put with her a peck or two for good measure. I am so happy that she made it through this! She is even acting like she's thinking about laying an egg, but hasn't laid one yet.

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