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Hello from Washington State!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by traci2525, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. traci2525

    traci2525 Just Hatched

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    Our little farm is growing, one animal at a time!

    Some people may think it odd, but my husband and I celebrated our anniversary by buying 10 chicks! No chocolate, wine and roses for this girl... at least at this time. [​IMG]

    We have been researching (and researching, and researching) to see what will be the best coop, run, etc... for us. Our main worry is the predators in the area. We have coyotes, skunks, hawks, eagles... pretty much a National Geographic magazine in our back yard. We want to make sure the chickens are protected and safe but still allowed to be out and happy.

    Since we have 10, (Buff Orpington's, Rhode Island Reds, Welsummers, California Greys and 1 Leghorn - {the husband just HAD to}) :) we are wondering:
    • How big the coop should be.
    • How much run should they have as they will be allowed to free-range when they are big enough.
    • What is the best floor to have in the coop? Dirt? Cement? Linoleum? We were also thinking of rotating our garden with them on one half one year and the other half the other year. Thoughts on this?

    We are gathering as much information as possible so we can make an educated assessment of what is needed.

    We are really looking forward to being a part of this community. [​IMG]
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, traci2525, and [​IMG]! Great to have you in our flock! Glad you have entered the chicken universe. I'll take a shot at a couple of your questions:

    Since we have 10, (Buff Orpington's, Rhode Island Reds, Welsummers, California Greys and 1 Leghorn - {the husband just HAD to}) :) we are wondering:
    • How big the coop should be. 4 sq. ft per bird is recommended (but make it bigger in case you add birds).
    • How much run should they have as they will be allowed to free-range when they are big enough. 10 sq.ft per bird - even if they free range - there will be times when you want to keep them in the run. Again - bigger is better.
    • What is the best floor to have in the coop? Dirt? Cement? Linoleum? We were also thinking of rotating our garden with them on one half one year and the other half the other year. Thoughts on this? This one has lot of answers - cement or linoleum is the easiest to clean. I wouldn't suggest plain dirt - very dusty in the coop - possible respiratory problems plus cleaning and sanitation is a hassle with dirt. I have painted wood for a floor with hay or straw.

    Best of luck to you and your flock!!!!
     
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  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  4. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    redsoxs has given you some good answers. Make sure you use hardware cloth which is a type of wire that is way stronger than traditional chicken wire. Double and triple check your coop for any openings predators can get thru, and cover your run! That's all I can think of right now.
     
  5. Going Bhonkers

    Going Bhonkers Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  7. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!! [​IMG] Glad you joined us!! [​IMG]
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Congratulations on celebrating your anniversary the way the two of you desired. Welcome to BYC.
     
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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  10. traci2525

    traci2525 Just Hatched

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    Thank you so much! There is a lot to learn and we keep finding interesting information on the net and of course from friends. [​IMG] Sometimes it is tough to sift through all the information! [​IMG]
     

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