Hello from Utah!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Poulterrific, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. Poulterrific

    Poulterrific New Egg

    Mar 23, 2016
    I just bought 6 golden sex-link hens a couple of days ago, and made a post on a forum I manage about it. One of the members there referred me here, and I have been reading posts here for a few hours so I figured I might as well join.

    I have a semi rural house on 2.3 acres of very rocky, arid soil. It was built in 1979, and has an old, original chicken coop with a nice chain link fence chicken run. My wife and I talked about getting chickens when we moved here 3 years ago but the city ordinances forbade it.

    Last year, we merged with the neighboring town, and since they allow chickens, we can have them now (verified by a call to the city office).

    I have a good bit of work to do cleaning out and refurbishing the original coop, but it will be easier than building from the ground up. Mostly it will need to be raked out and have loose boards screwed down tight, and all the little holes filled in so mice have to work harder for their inevitable invasion. And it will need a cheery coat of paint as well.

    I will be lining the bottom of the chain link run with chicken wire as well. The fence is tall, I think 8 feet. But it is open on top, and there are a bunch of predators in my area, including coyotes, mountain lions, skunks, bears, bobcats, eagles and others.

    But anyhow I am looking forward to this new adventure. I have always wanted chickens because they are so comical and entertaining, the eggs are just a bonus.

    I am looking forward to learning from everyone here. Thanks to the admins here for this great resource!
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens. Great, that you are now allowed to have chickens. If possible, a run cover would provide some relief from the weather, and keep out jumpers and climbers. Sadly 'everything' loves to eat chicken.
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Congrats on your new hens :clap Wishing you the very best of luck with your new hens and your coop refurb plans.

    Enjoy BYC and all the chicken chat :frow
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. Poulterrific

    Poulterrific New Egg

    Mar 23, 2016
    Thanks for the welcome!

    I added a couple of barred rock chicks yesterday just to add a little variety. It's been cold and windy so they have been "cooped up" for most of the time. I am looking forward for the weather to relent so I can let them out in the run.
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC. Sounds like you have some exciting times ahead and congrats on your new chicks - hope there's room for lots more cos keeping chickens is addictive!

    All the best
  7. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Have fun with the chicks!

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