Bostonian moves to Holly Springs, Mississippi and buys some chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by stopshinal, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. stopshinal

    stopshinal New Egg

    Feb 5, 2013
    Well, that just about sums it up. It was my partner's idea - the chickens. And in the same breath she shared an engineering problem I couldn't resist - the coop & run.


    Aluminum roof was just attached last night - whoop. You'll be glad to note certain design considerations were made based off ones I saw on BYC. It's built from pallets, recycled wood, a few things from home depot.

    We dont have much land. The only home in a trailer park that backs up to some 150 acres - 10 of which are hay. We may still be in city limits - at least that was what the police officer told us. He came by because we were planting potatoes randomly over our field via way of spud gun and aquanet hairspray - and who wouldn't want to clarify what that loud noise was.

    We have 5 chickens. I think a few are molting. Buff orpingtans or yellow buffs. We dont know. 1-2 yrs old.


    A friend told us to coop them up for 4 days before letting them go into the run - that way they know it's home. Is that accurate? Anyhow it's been two days. No eggs yet - which we hope is a function of being in a new home. I always thought molting would consume any extra resources they would have otherwise used for egg production - so I was shocked to hear the gent whom sold us these chickens say that they were still laying. Hope he didn't full a fast one on us.

    There is a story involved with the coop build. Suffice is to say that my partner feel victim to a pallet attack and we had chickens in hand before a coop was build. After a 5 hour build sprint it was complete enough for an official move in.
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    [​IMG] from New Mexico!

    Great to have you aboard the forums! Nice looking chickens you have there. Watch those open slats you have in the back there, as predators can stick paws in, snakes can slither in and rats and mice will have a field day in there as well. LOL

    Enjoy BYC!
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  3. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2012
    SW Ohio
    Hello and welcome from glad you joined BYC. Nice coop and beautiful chickens. Good luck to you
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  5. stopshinal

    stopshinal New Egg

    Feb 5, 2013
    Just put in chicken wire all around those slits. Should I still be concerned about predators? Alternatively - what size mesh would be best?
  6. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad to have you aboard. Your friend is correct. It does take some time for chickens to get use to a new home, so egg laying will get put on hold. I would let them out now. It will help them get use to their home. Good luck. :thumbsup
  7. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome BYC from northern Michigan :D

    Cover the gaps with hardware cloth, no predators can get themselves or their paws through that.
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Those spud guns tend to attract a bit of attention.
  9. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, stopshinal, and [​IMG]! Placed you joined our community! Sweet coop! Best of luck to you and your flock of girls!
  10. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California

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