First flock

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jckennell, Oct 15, 2015.

  1. jckennell

    jckennell Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 26, 2015
    Hi everyone. Just started my 1st flock a little over a month ago. It was the wife's idea at 1st, then I just rolled with it cause the kids wold really enjoy it and it gives me a chance to build something. I actually got the chick's before I built the coop so we put them in a dog crate for the 1st couple weeks and wow! The dust these things create! But I finally got the coop and run built. I looked into prefab coops, but the wood is so thin and cheap and they are so small for the price. I spent almost $300 in new materials from home depot, but I had a lot of materials left over from other projects as well. I started off by ordering some chicks from meyer since the are only 35 minutes from us and I can just pick em up. Got a leghorn, a cream legbar, easter egger, black copper maran, golden buff, and a barred rock. They have a half acre fenced in to roam, but I built a covered run big enough to walk into to clean and do whatever else I need to do. And the one family member we needed to worry about the most is our dog, a springer spaniel. Yes, a bird dog. She's trained very well at being a good pet, but lucky for us, she's a terrible bird dog. Lol! Got lots of great info off of this site and any advice or constructive critsizm is welcome.[​IMG]




  2. lindalouly

    lindalouly Grd Ctrl 2 Major Tom

    Beautiful set up and doggy!!! Your birds are going to be very happy!!!!! Welcome to BYC and the chicken world... Not much is better.
  3. 7littlegirls

    7littlegirls Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2015
    Long Island NY
    HAHA! Your dog doesn't look too happy with all those chicks all over her, but that is GREAT that she is letting them. Enjoy your new little flock and welcome to BYC
  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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

    Congrats on getting your flock, wish you well with the new adventure.

    Great job on the coop/run.
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens. I LOVE your springer [​IMG] . I used to show and breed Cockers many years ago, and the Springers were winning Best in Shows often., so I got to see them a lot.

    You are so lucky to be close to the hatchery and drive the chicks home. Shipping causes a lot of stress and sometimes death.
  6. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    It sounds to me like you are off to a terrific start! Being able to pick up the chicks without shipping them is really nice and I'm glad you built a coop instead of going with a pre-built (99.9999% who go that route seem disappointed at the size & workmanship, or lack of). And one of the best things of all...your dog is tolerant, yay!

    Thanks for joining us, looking forward to hearing how things progress for you and your flock!
  7. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 10, 2013
    My Coop
    Hello :frow and welcome to BYC!
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  9. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America

    Cute pics!

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