Hello, first time you've met me but I've been enjoying your posts for a while!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jaxelrod, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. jaxelrod

    jaxelrod New Egg

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    Hello I am about tostart on a new chicken adventure!! My babies will be in the first week of April. Just in time for my birthday! Have the brooder all worked out, and loads of food, and lots of help to build the coop, now I need a plan and materials!

    I'm excited and pretty ambitious, maybe too ambitious, but its going to be a great adventure!

    I have my helpers lined up, am gathering reclaimed wood, have a clear path to the Home Depot and Lowe's but now I need to find a coop design that will go long across my back fence. I'm in Lafayette La and our restrictions say 25 ft from occupied buildings. So my spot has to go wide across the back near the fence. I've found so many great coop designs on your forum, and loads of great advice and info there as well. I will probably end up putting something together that takes the best ideas of many. What are some things to keep in mind? What do you wish you'd thought of before you built it? I'm thinking something with access on many sides so that will take some planning.

    Thank you all for your wonderful sage advice you've already given me that you weren't aware you'd shared with me!
     
  2. Megan Amber

    Megan Amber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi and happy early birthday! We made our coop nice and tall so that the birds have plenty of space to hop around and roost! What kind of chickens are you expecting?
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  4. jaxelrod

    jaxelrod New Egg

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    I ordered them from Meyer. I have a friend who has a health food store and she is excited about having fresh eggs to sell so I ordered their 25 chicks production pack. I was looking for sweet birds that would be social and that group looked perfect. She mentioned that she wanted to get some as well, and I am going to share mine with her instead. Lots of chickens! My late husband and I hand fed a baby cockatiel and raised it for years and years. So I am looking forward to handling them and getting them accustomed to being spoiled and watched over.

    I hope my babies all make it in the mail. It seems too strange that they would ship them out, but many people on youtube have recorded their experiences so I can see that it does happen. I plan to notify my postman to expect them and just call me when they come in. It seems better than to risk them being on the truck any longer than necessary. I can't wait!
     
  5. jaxelrod

    jaxelrod New Egg

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    Can you share a picture of your coop? I had thought about going vertical but I'm not sure how tall is best.
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Well, we're glad that you have joined so that we can enjoy your posts - welcome to BYC.
     
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Howdy from Kansas, jaxelrod, and [​IMG]! Pleased you found our flock! Best wishes and have fun with your chickens!
     
  8. Megan Amber

    Megan Amber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Darn! I tried to post a picture only to realize I have not taken one! Of all the things to forget! I will have to get one for you tomorrow! Really sorry[​IMG]
     
  9. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad to have you aboard. Congrats and enjoy the wonderful world of chickens. :thumbsup
     
  10. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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