Brand New And Looking For Helpful Hints!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by newbiechix, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. newbiechix

    newbiechix Out Of The Brooder

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    After considering the idea for a few years, I have finally decided to take the plunge and try my hand at raising a few backyard chickens. I have found a number of farmers around with other chicks they're willing to sell for a good price, but I don't even have my coop built yet. I'm trying to figure out how to make one with mainly free/reclaimed materials since I don't have a few hundred dollars to buy one of the fancy models I've seen online. Looking forward to taking the plunge with the support of everyone here!
     
  2. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. Your coop doesn't have to be fancy just secure from predators. :thumbsup
     
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  4. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

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    Hello and :welcome
    I wish you best of luck with your journey with chickens! You won't need a coop at first if you're getting chicks, just a brooder e.g. tub or box would be fine.
    Check out the Coop Construction section of the forum to find out more about building from scratch, I know a lot of people have done it!
    Enjoy the site. :D
     
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D
     
  6. newbiechix

    newbiechix Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone for the welcoming support!
    I'm actually looking to get some older "chicks" mainly because the thought of raising the little things from such a young age seems complicated and I'd hate to do something wrong and hurt them. They'll probably be between 4-8 weeks old when I get them, so I wanted to get the coop up before I brought the girls home.

    I did have a question as to what you do when you have to go away for a few days or want to go on vacation. I have a house cat that can easily be left to her own devices for a long weekend provided I leave out food, water, and a clean litter box. Could the same be said for chickens if they are in a secure coop/run? Or will I need to have someone stop by to take care of them even for just a few days?
     
  7. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

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  8. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  10. dreamer5577

    dreamer5577 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi && Welcome!!!
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