Dan & Vicki in Canby OR, New "Chickeneers"

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CanbyDan, Jan 1, 2015.

  1. CanbyDan

    CanbyDan Chirping

    Jan 1, 2015
    Canby OR
    Greetings to all,

    Vicki and I are avid gardeners and our recently purchased home in the country is perfect for raising chickens. We are completely new to having our own flock but have been reading and talking with others with chickens, we're confident we can do it without too many problems. We just brought home a small coop and run from free section of our local craigslist, has six small nesting boxes and needs a weekend worth of cleaning, repairs and disinfecting before we buy our first birds.

    Our main interest is eggs and secondly entertainment! We love watching neighbors flock of Bantys and their chicks scratch all our our yard and 7500 sqft vegetable garden. Meat production is not high on our list, we'll continue to let our local grocer to take care of the drum sticks and hot wings.

    Looking forward to reading the forums and learning all we can but I'm sure we will have to ask for help once in a while.


  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Happy New Year and Welcome to the Backyard chickens flock. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you joined the flock! Good luck on your new chicken joirney I'm sure they will bring you many hours of happiness. This section of the learning centre has some great articles on getting started with chickens I'm sure you will find it very usefull. https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/getting-started-raising-chickens

    Hope you enjoy BYC and be sure to ask any question you may have, everyone here to help you along the way :frow
  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager 5 Years

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] glad you joined us.

  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member 7 Years

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Definitely stop by our learning center as well for lots of great articles on all the aspects of keeping chickens...https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Make yourself at home here and if you have any questions along the way, feel free to ask. Welcome to our flock!
  6. matt44644

    matt44644 Songster

    Sep 14, 2014
    Sanilac County,Michigan

  7. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Hi, and welcome to BYC! You are checking in from some beautiful country (spent a few years there myself and still have family in the area). Would love to see some pictures of your great find - I am sure it will be home to some very well loved birds who provide you with hours of entertainment. I did notice you mentioned that the neighbors flock frequents your yard and garden, that is something to consider once you start your own flock as mixing the two is not the best idea.
  8. CanbyDan

    CanbyDan Chirping

    Jan 1, 2015
    Canby OR
    Good Morning Ol Grey,


    Here's a pic of the only "useable" coop of the three we picked up off craigslist. Other two were really Rabbit hutches (the "poo" gave it away), the property owner was cleaning up what renters left behind. Today, I'm returning to disassemble an aviary that measures about 10x10', built of nice pressure treated 4x4's, assorted 2x's and 6' tall chicken wire. These materials will be for our permanent coop that I'm drawing up now in my head. I'm sort of a prankster and some would refer to me as a [email protected]$$, I'm envisioning a walk in coop that measures about 8x8' and is modeled to look like a KFC. Even have an idea to have a solar powered, rotating "bucket" that used to be at the older KFC restaurants. I'm a maintenance mechanic by trade a self taught wooden boat builder and pack-rat, the coop build should be no problem for me.

    The more I look at the freebie, the more I think it's better suited for the burn pile. By the time I make all needed repairs and cleaning, I could have just built one that better suits our needs.

    The neighbors flock seems healthy and owner is good about taking care of them though some have moved out of his coop and made their own hidden nests that are only noticed when momma is strutting through the field with a handful of chicks in tow. Question, what should my concerns be of the flocks integrating with each other?

    Thanks all for the warm welcome,
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2015

  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

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