Hello all!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by callen0912, Jan 31, 2015.

  1. callen0912

    callen0912 Chirping

    Jan 31, 2015
    Hello all! I'm new around here, and wanted to introduce myself and jump right in with some questions. I've known that I've wanted to have hens for sometime now, just hasn't been much of a possibility until now. I'm pretty torn on if I should start with chicks or try and find hens that already lay. I plan on having 3-4 hens, possibly going up to 6 at some point. Secondly the coop is the my biggest question righ now as well. I can't decide if I should spend the money on a well built coop. A friend of mine who has hens recommended that I find a large chain link dog pen (the area I live in has dogs that roam is a concern of mine as well) to put a coop inside of for protection from other animals. I've had a cousin of mine offer to build me a coop, but this would be a first for him, and while it would be nice to save money, I cant help but think it might be better to spend money on a coop that I know will be secure. I've looked online and chicken coop plans and have gotten really overwhelmed by all the options. Most of what I've seen I don't think my cousin has all the tools he would need to build a coup (mainly the saws). I just can't help but think that by the time we were to buy the needed saws and all the materials for a coop, it would end up being what I would pay for a chicken coop anyway. Any advice and/or info would be greatly appreciated!
  2. matt44644

    matt44644 Songster

    Sep 14, 2014
    Sanilac County,Michigan
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome
    Glad you could join the flock! Raising chicks is very rewarding but they do take more time and attention than point of lay hens. Chicks require heat in a brooder so a lamp or heat source would be needed for them along with fresh food and water and draft free area at all times. Point of lay would be able to go straight out in the coop and secure run. I can't advise on would be best for you as to a coop but if you don't have the means to build one a pre made one would be in order. The coop section has some great ideas for home made and the housing section of the learning centre has some great articles on what is needed for a good coop. Predator proof and good ventilation are my top tips. Here are the links https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/housing-and-feeding-your-chickens

    Wishing you the best of luck and hope you enjoy BYC :frow
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined us.
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    A lot of pre-built coops are flimsy and will not stand up to weather or predators. They look awfully cute tho. Plus the makers will say they can hold 6-8 hens and generally cannot comfortably house half that number.

    Sometimes craig's list has free or low priced coops because the owners found out they didn't care to keep chickens. Often they come with chickens. Dog runs are always useful but the openings in the chain link are large enough to permit small critters to ravage your flock. You can back up the chain link with 1/2" hardware clothe to keep those out. A run cover can offer some protection from rain, snow , hot sun and Hawks.
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  9. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

    May 11, 2010
    [​IMG] If dogs are roaming-build a predator-proof coop.
  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Excellent advice given by Yorkshire Coop and Drumstick Diva. Watch out for dogs!

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