Hello from Belleville, IL

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Rt66Kix, Feb 21, 2017.

  1. Never had chickens, but I have horses, cats, dogs and parrots. This weekend we bought a playhouse from Craigslist that I plan to make into a coop. It will be mounted on a dolly so I can move it around our yard (approx. 1 acre), and I will use PoultryPlus electric fence netting from Premier 1 products. Thought to use a swimming pool leaf net to prevent the bald eagle that lives across the road from having "snacks." We also have at least one pair of red-tailed hawks that roost in our trees, along with coyotes, coons and possums galore!

    Need to get everything set up, and then I'll have fun hen shopping! I prefer to get young hens versus chicks. Heritage breeds are of interest to me, and I'm looking for layers. Of course pretty colors and fun plumage are a plus - LOL! Suggestions are welcome.

    Looking forward to reading a learning about this new venture...
     
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  3. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop Premium Member

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  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! Sounds like you've got your fair share of predators lurking around your area. If you'd like, take a look at the Learning Center here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center You will find loads of great articles that discuss nearly every aspect of chicken keeping - including predators. Also, if you'd like to chat with local chicken folks, find the IL thread in this link:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you
    Best wishes to you and your future flock and thank you for joining BYC! [​IMG]
     
  5. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Howdy, and welcome to the flock! Glad you decided to join us, please make yourself at home here and enjoy BYC! :frow

    ~Cuz
     
  6. Thank you! Good to find a thread with local people!
     
  7. silkieRaiser

    silkieRaiser Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. Teila

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    G’Day from down under Rt66Kix [​IMG] Welcome!

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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