Greetings and Salutations


May 24, 2020
New here and new to raising chix

(1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens?

Yup. Officially I don't have any yet. Unofficially, I got two on Mother's day and 3 last weekend - total of 5

(2) How many chickens do you have right now?


(3) What breeds do you have?

(2) Buff Orps
(1) Rhode Island Blue
(1) Amerauncana
(1) Copper Black Maran

(4) What are your favorite aspects of raising backyard chickens?

So far it's just been fun watching them grow.

(5) What are some of your other hobbies?

volunteering, music, gardening, cooking, reading, photography, birdwatching, beekeeping, needlework (knitting, crocheting, cross stitch) ... the list goes on and on

(6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share.

single mom, cat, dog, boy (oops, young man), take care of my 94 year old mom ... holistic practitioner ... looking to be self-sufficient in whatever way makes sense and to support local farms

(7) Bonus: How did you find BYC, how long have you known about BYC, and what made you finally join our awesome community? :D

google ... been here about a month lurking ... need to decide whether to buy or build a coop/run.
thanks all - it's nice to 'meet' you !
I have to say that I've spent a lot of time researching coops/runs designs and DIY videos and felt so overwhelmed earlier today that I wanted to re-home my little feathered friends ... then I thought, "I WILL NOT BE INTIMIDATED" ... and now I'm intimidated again.
I have no experience building anything. I have total access to my late Dad's impressive tools, a very tight budget and no idea how to use saws, etc. Any/all recommendations are welcome. Live in metro west Massachusetts right on the edge of the 495 belt where we will tend to get more snow. We do have foxes and coyotes, hawks and minks also in the area. My town doesn't allow free ranging, so I plan to build a run that's a bit larger than needed for 5 hens, so they will have plenty of room to have different features, like a dust bath area, and places where they can get some space from each other. I'm looking online for free old sheds that I can get and transport (surprisingly, there are some available) --- but not sure if that's a problem in the making. Chainlink/chicken wire combo vs hardware mesh ... eh. the possibilities are endless.

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