First time chicken owner

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Firstpeeps0416, May 1, 2016.

  1. Firstpeeps0416

    Firstpeeps0416 New Egg

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    Hello,
    I am just beginning this wonderful new adventure of raising chickens and am looking forward to learning much from this site. 6 of my peeps (red rangers)are just over a week old and my other three (2 lavender and one black Orpington) are a couple days younger. I have been searching for a coop. I found someone on craigslist who builds beautiful coops, but my husband is of the opinion that the cost is too much. It is a very well built shaker style 4x5 and the interior height is about 5'6" at the peak. The legs of the coop are 4x4 posts and the coop is elevated, I guess less than a foot high off the ground. I have zero skills at building and my husband, while very capable, is on a PICC line and cannot build me one.
     
  2. LittleBrownie

    LittleBrownie Queen of Stache

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined, and welcome to the world of chickens! :lau
    I wish you luck finding your ideal coop for your flock!
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. Sadly, its seems that the majority of pre-fab coops are more biased towards "eye-candy" for purchasers, rather than chickens. A garden shed design works very well, and is likely to be cheaper and will provide more flexibility as your flock grows (which it inevitable will [​IMG]).

    Theres lots and lots of info in the "Coops" section as well as the "coops and runs" forum for you to take a look through, but this link may help also.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1094945/coop-plans-for-a-super-beginner/10


    Good luck!

    CT
     
  4. nannychandra

    nannychandra New Egg

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    I'm just starting out and am modifying a Little Tykes playhouse! [​IMG]
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  7. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Coops can be built fairly inexpensively out of a variety of re-used materials. Pallets are usually free and can be used. Some people have re-purposed plastic children's playhouses. Places like Habitat for Humanity can be a good source for materials. The main thing is that the birds are safe from flying and digging predators and that they have ample room inside the coop.

    Good luck!
     

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