Chickens in my future

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jasper D, May 17, 2017.

  1. Jasper D

    Jasper D Out Of The Brooder

    May 17, 2017
    Hello everyone! Just joined the site. I have been wanting Chickens for a long time. I live in Chula Vista, Ca. and I believe I am able to have up to 6. Still deciding on whether to buy a coop or throw one together. I am leaning toward buying. Any suggestions on Coop purchasing and size and all around chicken knowledge. I am a sponge. I will be reading and absorbing as much as possible from this site.
    Thanks ,
    Jasper D
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  2. chameleon

    chameleon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi and :welcome Jasper. I will leave the details up to those with more experience that me, I'll just say that if you do purchase a coop go as big as you can. Premade coops tend to overstate their capacity and be very small. The more space your chickens have the happier they'll be and the easier it will be to keep clean.
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi Jasper and welcome to BYC. I agree with @chameleon with reference to coops. Sure, they look quaint and pretty in your garden, but they are fairly shoddy (on the whole) and will not serve you as well as converting a garden shed, for example. Either way, check out the Coops section - and you can ask any questions that you may have on this forum -

    More generally, you'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area -

    All the best

  4. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
    Welcome to BYC!
  5. Cntry1958

    Cntry1958 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2017
    Somewhere in Maryland
    Welcome to BYC,

    I would also build a coop instead of buying one. It will be larger for your chickens and better quality. Makes it stronger then the ones you can buy so that its predator proof. Use hardware cloth instead of chicken wire. Make it so you can stand up in so that its easier to clean for you also.
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  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You have been given good advice. Welcome to Backyard chickens.
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! :frow

    So glad you could join our community! You have definitely come to the right place for all the fun and learning. Definitely stop by the links CTKen has left for you.

    Make yourself at home here and welcome to our flock! :)

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