Getting Starting...Again!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by cristina, Feb 18, 2017.

  1. cristina

    cristina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    Lloyd Harbor
    I can't believe it's been 4 years since I've been on BYC! I was a total newbie raising 3 RIRs and you all welcomed and advised me with such love and patience and wisdom! Since then we've doubled our (human) brood (totaling 4), and moved to a new house/neighborhood (raccoon and deer country). So I'm VERY excited to resume chicken-raising. My youngest is 17 months now, so I'm prepared now to add chicken-raising to my daily agenda, along with homeschooling. Looking forward to it. Anyway......

    We have nothing chickens, no coop, no fence....only land. My plan is to carve out a (large) area of the backyard for about 10 hens with a fence, and just put a no-frills coop for them that would give them a safe and comfortable place to roost, lay, and be protected from predators. Anybody have any ideas or photos of something like this? That would save me from browsing zillions of listings. Does this sound about right? I'm rusty on my chicken-raising. All the equipment from our last flock was all homeade, which I loved, but I personally built the fence when I was 7 months pregnant, so it's quality (and appearance) was compromised, to say the least ;)

    Anyway, any new beginnings advice you can offer is appreciated! I've already spoken to two helpful gentlemen from whom I plan to buy pullets. I really just want some guidance on the initial set up of their home (fence, coop, etc).

    I also plan to integrate some goats in the next year or two, so it would be great if their shelter could double for the goats too. Is that possible?

    Thank you BYC community!!! Sorry for lengthy message. I'm sooooo excited!! :)
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
  3. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Cristina [​IMG] Welcome Back!
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice to meet you Cristina, hope you will enjoy BYC as much as we do.
  5. QuackSpeak

    QuackSpeak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2017
    Welcome, @cristina !
  6. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    Welcome back @cristina
  7. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Welcome back! We saved a spot for you!
  8. cristina

    cristina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    Lloyd Harbor
    I have a very simple but baffling (for me, anyway) question....

    In me preparations to house the hens I have yet to get (gonna have a coop/shelter with large fenced-in free range area), I'm confused as to how to keep them protected at night WITHOUT going out to the coop every night to shut their door. Is this possible? Their fenced in run area will not have a "ceiling" fence...just around the sides to keep them from getting out.

    I want to protect my (soon-to-be) flock better than I did my last one, so I'm trying my best, given the family constraints I have (going out to the coop every night once they're in is not practical for us).

    Thank you!
  9. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Hey cristina

    I have no experience with them because our run is completely enclosed and we have a low predator risk and warm climate so our coop door is always open, but you can get automatic coop doors.

    If you pop ‘automatic coop door’ into the search option you will see numerous threads on the subject.

    Good luck.

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