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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jared101, Apr 2, 2015.

  1. Jared101

    Jared101 New Egg

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    Hi I live in Spanaway, Washington. We have 11 chicks. 4 RIR, 2 buff orpingtons, 2 barred rock, 2 red sexlink and 1 golden sexlink. had 2 golden sexlink but one died a few days after we got them. They are all around 5 weeks old now and we just moved them out of the brooder. i still have the heat lamp in the coop since it is getting down to 38 degrees at night. We plan to keep them just for eggs and as pets. Here are some attached pictures of my coop and chicks. It was hard to place the coop since the law here is 15 ft. from any side of residence. it is exactly 15 ft from the neighbors house on the back and 15ft from mine on the front. I think I still need to add a large vent on this front side. It is a work in progress. -- Jared
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  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Nice coop and run. Coops need to be draft free AND well ventilated. If you visit the coop section I'm sure you can read about how that is done. I would replace the wire on the run with 1/2" hardware cloth which is a much better deterrent to predators than flimsy poultry wire. Welcome to Backyard chickens, hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
     
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Nice coop but yes you will need good ventilation in it. They produce quite a lot of moisture from their breath and poop and it needs to be able to escape. Definatly drop by the coop section for some ideas on adding ventilation https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coop_Designs

    Good luck with your chicks they look great. Enjoy BYC and all the chicken chat :frow
     
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided join our flock. X2 on drumstick diva's advice. I'm not sure what kind of predators you have in your area, but if you have raccoons, weasels, minks, snakes, cats, dogs, rats, or other predators that can get into your yard, I would cover that chicken wire with hardware cloth. There are just too many predators that can tear through chicken wire, or squeeze through the openings in the mesh. Using hardware cloth will cost some extra money, but it's cheaper than replacing your flock. Hardware cloth has saved many chicken owners a lot of tears. Also, if you have raccoons in the area, I would either put a padlock or a double action latch on the coop door as raccoons can very quickly figure out how to open a single action latch. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
     
  5. N F C

    N F C got coffee? Premium Member Project Manager

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    Welcome to BYC, nice to have you here! [​IMG]
     
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC, Jared! [​IMG]

    What a lovely coop! I love the colors (somehow, red and white has always seemed like the perfect color of a coop to me[​IMG]) . It sounds like you have a nice flock with some excellent breeds.
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     

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