Chickens in the City

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by HereChikyChiky, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. HereChikyChiky

    HereChikyChiky Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello All,

    I grew up in the 50's with neighbors who had lots of chickens and grew mini farms of veggies and flowers in their backyards. Lots of years gone since then. I just moved into a house in city limits of Tacoma, WA and have a nice 10 x10 graden area fenced off in my back yard. I think I can support 2 maybe 3 egg layers. I'd like to build a small coop with nesting boxes in one corner and plant veggies in the rest of the space. Any suggestions for cheap building materials, breeds that thrive in my area of Washington state, and any other advice would be greatly appreciated. I kept a few bantam egg layers about 15 years ago and they did well until Mama Fox and her kits moved in :)

    Rena
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Check out the breeds section here to get an idea on what breed will do best in your area. Most breeds do well in all areas, but you can narrow it down to what type of bird you are looking for here...

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/category/chicken-breeds

    As far as building materials, many folks have luck with broken down pallets and have done wonders with this cheap source of wood. Check out the Coop section of the forums...

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/9/coop-run-design-construction-maintenance

    Good luck and welcome to the forums!
     
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  3. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi

    I live in Bellevue. You can have pretty much any breed in Washington since we do not have extreme cold or heat conditions. I like large egg layers but have a variety of breeds for a mixed color flock and different color eggs. I would recommend using watering and feeding that is low maintenance and takes up little space since you are limited on area for the chickens. If you put the waterer and feeder against the wall, there will be more room for the chickens to roam. Good luck and have fun!
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    General rule of thumb for standard size chickens is 10 square feet of run and 4 square feet floor space of coop per bird - so you could have 10 birds if you built a big enough coop!
     
  6. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!! [​IMG] Glad you joined us!! [​IMG]
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome bacck to poultry raising and to BYC.
     

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