Brand Spank'n New! Looking for best start-up advice on coops, safe organic GMO-free feed, etc...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by krwesterman, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. krwesterman

    krwesterman New Egg

    Jan 26, 2013
    We live in town and don't really have a backyard to speak of. We live in an historic district with big 100+ yr old homes, converted coach houses for a garage and paved courtyards , no grass. We realize this isn't ideal, but would really like to know how to turn a portion of our courtyard into a friendly, safe, healthy living environment to raise a few chickens. We mainly want them (for now) for eggs. We are in the process of purchasing acreage with a water source to build a home. We are moving in the right direction for a more ideal space to raise chickens, but would like to start now.

    We don't even know where to start, but I'm thinking the BYC web page and community is definitely the right direction! =) We raise our family on non-GMO, organic, and locally raised food. We'd like to eventually be self-sustaining with our own food supply and crops. How does one go about ensuring the feed they get for their chickens is GMO-free and organic?? Or is it all GMO-free and organic?? Like I mentioned before, we are brand spank'n new to all of this!

    Any advice on coops for "city living" would be excellent too. We live in the IN, IL, KY tri-state area, so our temps range from a little above 100 deg in the summer to the 20's (for maybe a month) in the winter. We don't get much snow, but do experience ice. Winter doesn't last very long either, maybe Dec - Feb. We'd also be interested in hearing suggestions for keeping a fresh, clean water source from freezing. We thought about using a small running "fountain" (like hooking up a pump) in a coop. Any thoughts would be super.

    Thank you in advance for any advice! We are soo appreciative, and extremely happy to have found BYC and be a part of such an amazing "community"!!
  2. iluvpeeps

    iluvpeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2012
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] You came to the right place! You'll find all the info you need here. For an introduction to chickens have a look at the Learning Centre here:

    For coop ideas the Coop section is great. Lots of lovely designs and plans here:

    and for tips on using the courtyard I'd suggest you start a thread and ask here:

    For advice on organic and non-GMO feed and your water heater there are a few threads on both topics here:

    If you want a shortcut to threads on a specific topic type keywords into the advance search bar (just below the brown header). It's like "chicken google". You'll find lots of great threads that way. Enjoy your chickens!
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  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, krwesterman, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us! Looks like sumi has you covered so I'll just say best of luck and have fun!
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    I think that Sumi has covered all bases. Welcome to BYC.
  7. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    [​IMG] from California!
  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  9. Dnetschke

    Dnetschke Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 19, 2012
    Berthoud, CO
    Welcome From Cold Colorado [​IMG]

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