Greetings from North Georgia, USA!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Hyn'sFarm, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. Hyn'sFarm

    Hyn'sFarm New Egg

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    New to the forum though I have been reading as a guest for some while now. Very helpful. My husband and I are closing on a farm, slightly over 12 acres. It is approximately 1/2 fenced pasture and 1/2 hardwoods. We currently have a Husky/German Shepherd dog and a young Tennessee Walking Horse gelding.

    There is a walk-in shed not far from the house that I may be looking to convert into a coop but there is much yet I need to read and think upon. You can all be certain I'll have many questions to ask! Ideally I'd like our future chickens to free range on the property durring the day and of course, coop at night.

    I'd like to know if I can keep bantams and standard birds together? A few guinia hen might be nice but we used to have an Indian Blue peacock here who died last winter (he was really old). I'd really like to have another peacock. Only I'm not sure if he would hassle the other birds! The one what was here didn't bother our dog but did avoid him. As for chickens, I haven't decided yet what we'll get but I am leaning towards Wyandottes (full sized) and Japanse Bantams. Could they house together or will I need seperate coops? I could split the outbuilding into two sides easily enough. Thoughts? The pasture fencing is smallish square mesh with inside hotwire. I am considering upgrading to a finer mesh as I don't wan to risk my gelding getting a foot through it. There is little or no fencing along the back of the property but the chickens would have to go a long distance through fairly thick woods to get anywhere that way.

    ~Hyn
     
  2. Princess Amri

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  3. missfitch

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  5. allaboutdemchicks

    allaboutdemchicks Chapel Farms

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    Welcome Hyn!

    I would not recommend housing breeds of such a size difference together, especially if you would have a Wyandotte rooster. He would kill a little Jap. pullet rather quickly. So...I recommend the splitting of the outbuilding. That's from my experience with breeds of such vast size differences.

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  8. hen-thusiast

    hen-thusiast Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from UT! Wyandottes are pretty big, it would probably work best to have separate coops.
     
  9. Hyn'sFarm

    Hyn'sFarm New Egg

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    Thank you for the feedback. I still have a lot of reading to do. Likely start with Wyandottes and then try a bantam breed later. Japs are very cute but may be too flighty for me anyway, at least for a while. Someone else reccomended I might try some Old English instead of Japanese bantams. They are certainly handsome birds. At any rate, to begin with I'll want something relatively easy.

    My thought wasn't so much them cooping together as much as whether or not they could range loose at the same time.

    ~Hyn
     
  10. JamesA

    JamesA Chillin' With My Peeps

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