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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by R and T, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. R and T

    R and T In the Brooder

    Dec 16, 2016
    Crossville Tennessee
    We are R and T and are new to this forum. We have been thinking about raising laying hens and have been busy reading and planning for the day when we will be bringing home our adopted girls. And with such a great and experienced cloud of witnesses to glean wisdom from we feel assured of success. Reading the wealth of information from this site has only increased our determination to the task.
    We have recently retired and moved from our home in Mukilteo Washington state to our new home and new life in Crossville Tn. We live just outside the city and when we bought our home it was with chickens in mind.
    Our only child that is at home is a lovely rescue Sheltie Caleb. He is a Tri Colored and is very sweet and gentle. We got him 4 years ago and he is now 11yrs. Our neighbors have three chickens which have the run of the neighborhood, two rosters and a hen which look like Road Island Reds? Not all the neighbors are excited about them running loose. This will not be the case with our girls. I have spoken to all my other neighbors next to us and they said they would be excited to have chickens next door.
    Crossville is very much a retirement area as taxes and cost of living is very low. People are very friendly and obliging. The temps are somewhat mild, 80's the high and teens the average lows. Our home has a lovely back yard, about 100 x 100. About half is yard and the other half is trees and is pretty much tiger country. We are cleaning it up and will be landscaping for a free range area for the girls. We will be plants grains and grasses for the girls to thrive on.
    Please read the following and give input as to how I might change things in the vision we now have.
    We will be starting our new chicken family with 8 - 12 Speckled Sussex.
    They seem to be handsome and have the right temperament we enjoy.
    We are thinking of permanently building the coop under our attached backyard deck. For safety and ease.
    The coop will be, 2 phases. Phase one will be;
    5'd x 7'w x 4'h and 2 ' off of the ground.
    Insulated 2x2 construction and sheeted with 3/8 plywood inside and out.
    Nesting boxes will be attached to outside and have 2 boxes and one brooding area all insulated. 2' H x 4'W x 18" D total area.
    Coop will be wired 110v with water inside for pressured water pan with cover over its basin. We will make a 3" PVC feeder with 2 feeding holes from T style connectors. The coop will be heated with a temp control heat element that screws into socket from above. A timer and lights about 3600 Kelvin's in color will be set for 14 hours a day with LED lighting and a fixture recycled from house remodel.
    Vents will be louvered able to open and close ( recycled from replacing house HVACs registers) on walls around the bottom and top so as to create cross ventilation sufficient to keep birds cool in summer, warm in the winter and enough air movement to keep them healthy. ( I will be able to use the cool air from under the house to help keep summer temps down with a blower.)
    2 windows each side will be on the 2 outside walls to allow nature light into the coop. We will place a thermometer in one of the windows so we can check on temps inside the coop.
    Cleaning the coop will be eased by scrap vinyl floor. With Mulched leafs and a trap door in the bottom with a utility trailer to catch and transplant to compost pile. Accessed by a wall swinging open on hinges.
    Coop door will be a sliding version weighted and bottom of door will go below floor so as to not allow predators access.
    Coop will have perches at least three inside. Hanging swing perch and other perches under the deck area but outside the coop.
    Coop will be painted and trimmed to look like a faux old cabin with distressed wood look, a brown with a red dry brush effect.
    Phase 2 will be a run.
    Run will be solid floor made from 2x4 with tongue and groove 3/4 plywood. dimensions will be 7'w x 15' L just about 6 " off of the ground with a trap door in middle to allow access to sweep the Run out onto a tarp and deposit into the compost pile. Vinyl flooring will be used to face the floor with and 6 " base around perimeter.
    Very large faux windows will make up the two walls facing the outside with 1/2 wielded wire clothe. Also the other side all open with framed cloth mess of the same size. I am thinking of a 1 foot wide belly band around the bottom to help protect the girls from wind . The run will enclose the coop all around except the wall where to nesting boxes are installed.
    We what do you all think. How can this be a bad plan.
    Thank you for your input.

  2. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Looks like you've done a lot of homework! I wish you much success.

    Thanks for joining us!
  3. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under R and T [​IMG] Welcome!

    You are definitely more prepared and researched than some us have been. I saw, had to have and purchased the chickens with no research whatsoever; but we got there with the help of BYC.

    If you have not already checked it out, I recommend a visit to the Learning Centre; lots of good tips there: https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    and some great coop ideas here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coops

    Finally, you might want to say hello on your local thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you ‘Find your State’s thread.

    I hope you enjoy BYC. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  4. R and T

    R and T In the Brooder

    Dec 16, 2016
    Crossville Tennessee
    Thank u for your advise, I have checked out most of the breeds and we choose Sussex, because we thought they would be a good fit 4 us. R there any drawbacks w these girls?
  5. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    I've had a few SS and will say they are one of my favorite breeds. They're beautiful, personable and decent egg layers. They seem to mature just a wee bit slower than some other birds, but they catch up and are such a nice shape (I always thought our red sex links were a bit scrawny looking, lol). A couple of mine have been a bit skittish but overall, very nicely tempered birds, not bullies in the flock and not on the bottom of the pecking order. I really like their feathering, when the sun hits their feathers just right, you'll see hints of beetle green in their coloring. They are nice eye candy for sure!

    Here are a couple of pictures I took of mine:
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us. I'd post your plans, in terms of coop design etc on the Coops and Runs forum for the best advice, but just to say that the general rule of thumb is 4sqft per bird coop space, 1 ft roost space and 10 sqft run space. These are fluid, depending on set-ups, climate and management style.

    I wish you the best of luck with your impending flock.

    Best wishes
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Thank you for joining us at Backyard chickens

  8. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Crowing

    Hello, and welcome to BYC!
  9. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010

    Here is a photo of Penny in her nest box. 4 yrs. old and still laying well. A pinkish cream egg.

  10. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic

    May 22, 2013
    Serving Jesus
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I am glad you joined us, best wishes!

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