Hello from Downunder

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Serendipity0027, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. Serendipity0027

    Serendipity0027 New Egg

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    Hi there

    So happy that i found this site. Based in Australia and new to having chickens around the house i can tell you its daunting!!

    We have 4 chickens (2 x Bantams 2 x black & white spotted ones - name unknown, they just looked good)
    They are backyard chooks and have their own reasonably sized fenced off area and a wooden coop however my DH has allowed them roam free around the garden (which is not the problem) over time they have sort of been encourage with nibbles on the grass near the patio BUT it has come at a cost - namely my back patio that they tend to hang out on and mess everywhere!!!

    How do I stop them from coming onto the patio??

    I think they are using the patio for two reasons:
    1 - get out of the elements
    2 - to view themselves in the window reflection [​IMG]

    Also is is required for them to have an undercover area for when it rains etc or will they use their coop during the day in different weather conditions?

    I am considering fencing off the patio to try and train them not to go there but my DH still think we have to have an undercover area??

    Thanks all and look forward to your experienced replies.
     
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2011
  2. wava1vaughn

    wava1vaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi from Ga. [​IMG] welcome aboard. [​IMG]
     
  3. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

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  4. Pam_x

    Pam_x Out Of The Brooder

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    Welcome to the group hun i'm new here has well and i have two chickens in my backyard..
    luv
    pam x
     
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  6. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

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    A big Texas-sized [​IMG]

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  7. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    Hi there and [​IMG] Come say hello on the Australian thread if you want a little more local chat.
     
  8. Cadjien_De_Louisiane

    Cadjien_De_Louisiane SWLA Gamefowl Breeder

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  9. FarmCoe

    FarmCoe Flock Mistress

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  10. FeatheredObsessions

    FeatheredObsessions Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2010
    Oregon
    If their coop is adequate size they will use it but extra cover is never bad. Hawks (if you have them) are easier to hide from if there is more cover.

    WELCOME!!!! [​IMG]
     

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