Hello from NorCal SF East Bay.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Chucken, May 28, 2011.

  1. Chucken

    Chucken In the Brooder

    May 28, 2011
    NorCal SF East Bay
    I have been lurking on the forum for a while, especially around the coop/run building topics. I can’t have chickens where I live, but my daughter just started raising 4 chicks that are now 6 weeks old. She ordered an on line coop and run and learned the true meaning of caveat emptor – let the buyer beware. It was far from what the pictures led you to believe, very shoddy material and workmanship, and just big enough for 1.59 chickens. It is already falling apart and leaks like a sieve in our unseasonable NorCal rains. So I decided to attempt to build a chicken coop and run for her 4 chicks. Maybe I’ll get a few fresh eggs.

    I will be asking questions as they arise, if I can’t find the answer somewhere in the forum.

  2. luvinrunnin

    luvinrunnin Songster

    May 12, 2011
    [​IMG] I am a newby here also. Just ordered a trio of Seramas and can't wait to get them on Wednesday! There is a TON of info on here, so I feel sure you'll find lots of useful info on building your coop. Good luck!
  3. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Good luck with the coop [​IMG]
  4. Chickencoop1996

    Chickencoop1996 Songster

    Apr 28, 2011
    southern nh
  5. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator

    Hey East Bay neighbor! Are you in an area in the East Bay that can't have chickens?

    I'd be interested to know which city you're in and the manufacturer of the coop. Feel free to send me a private message if you'd like:


    Great to have you here, we have lots of wonderful Bay Area members (and a couple ok ones) [​IMG]
  6. Chucken

    Chucken In the Brooder

    May 28, 2011
    NorCal SF East Bay
    Thanks for the welcome. I live in San Ramon. I have a very small lot, 17’ to the back fence, 8’ on one side and 12’ on the other. I think SR requires 1 acre to keep chickens. On the make of the coop, the Daughter is down at Pismo running dunes this weekend so I’ll have to check with her when she gets back. I think the company is out of Australia. The picture made it look large, but obviously, someone was lying on the ground and shooting up with the camera to make it look big. The corner supports were split down 4” to 6”. There was a ¾” gap where the hinged nest box lid attached to the wall, not good in the weather we have been having. She tipped it on its side to install some hardware cloth on the bottom, and the whole thing collapsed. They ended up screwing hot water heater tape around it, top and bottom, to hold it together.
  7. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator

    There are definitely some really cheap and flimsy coops out there. Many of them are the ones that are shipped overseas and the only way they can offer them so cheaply is by making them out of very lightweight materials (cheaper to make and cheaper to ship).

    We definitely encourage peeps to do their homework before buying. I'm always very dubious when I see regular sized pre-built chicken coops or kits for under $400.

    Regarding San Ramon: I'd be shocked if they require 1 acre! If so, then they really need to update their ordinances to be more in line with SF, Oakland, San Jose, etc. Call Alamo Hay & Grain, they might know more: http://www.yelp.com/biz/alamo-hay-and-grain-co-alamo
  8. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    Hello [​IMG] from Hesperia,CA and [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  9. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms

    Sep 20, 2009
    Pride, La.
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Louisiana
  10. MSDeb

    MSDeb Songster

    Welcome to BYC, glad you decided to join us. Good job helping your daughter with her peeps. Sure hope you end up getting as couple for yourself.

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