Hello all, I'm new

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Cooped Up Chick, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. Cooped Up Chick

    Cooped Up Chick In the Brooder

    Mar 18, 2013
    Oswego/Fulton area, NY
    Hello, I've just aquired 6 new pullets, estimated two weeks old. 4 red sex-links & 2 Buff Brahmas. We got them for laying purposes, and enjoyment of watching them as well.
    I found BYC as a result of looking for good coop plans and like the information I have found here while browsing.
    This will be the third time I've had chickens in my life, once was as a kid. Now it is my kids turns. This time I am planning it as an ongoing adventure, getting new hens as necessary to continue production.
    Our family consists of my husband, myself, a daughter (15), son (8), and our pets. 2 horses, 1 dog, 3 cats, 6 chickens (now), a bunch of poison dart frogs, and a red eft newt.

    We live on 28 (mostly wooded) rural, acres. Predator concerns include tiny, yet blood thirsty, weasels, and their family (minks, fishers, martins), raccoons, skunks, possums, foxes, coyotes, and cougar (yes, I know three knowledgeable people who have seen cougar on two occasions very nearby, even though they "don't occur in NY" lol) also one fairly trustworthy report of a wolf. Then we have the predators of the arial persuasion - eagles, hawks of all types & I read even ravens. Despite this, I had good luck in the past with letting them truly free range; my only losses were to a neighbors dog, who is long gone now. So I plan to do this again this time around with a much better coop.

    I want the coop to have well over the "standard" 4 sq. ft. per hen, especially if I may be adding young every few years to continue having eggs, and may have more than 6 hens at a time during the overlap.
    The reason being that we live off the south east shore of Lake Ontario and our winters often make news here, with single snowfall events of lake effect bringing numbers that we measure in feet deep, being common. The wind is seemingly constant, cold & blustery. (sometimes gusts 50-60 mph, normal winds being in the 10-30 mph range, so I AM concerned with having enough draft free ventilation!! Any links to pertinent threads highly appreciated on this!

    Well, now I've written a book! Sorry...

  2. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    I would search this thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you for your state, and see if anyone has any pointers for you. My only suggestions are to use hardware cloth (heavy gauge wire) instead of chicken wire, and to make sure your run is covered. For the coop make sure you can lock the chickens in there at night and that it is secured with no openings all those predators could squeeze thru. Good luck!
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture

    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!! [​IMG] Glad you joined us!! [​IMG]
  5. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hi, Lisa, welcome to BYC.

  8. Cooped Up Chick

    Cooped Up Chick In the Brooder

    Mar 18, 2013
    Oswego/Fulton area, NY
    Thanks for the welcomes & suggestions everyone. :)

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