Hello from Western NY!

DobieLover

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I'm limited to 144 square feet total, by village guidelines. My plan is 8' x 18', coop for the first 6', and run for the rest. A storage closet on the side of the coop will reduce the coop size to 6' x 6', raised 2' off the ground.
I'm planning a predator apron as deep as I can get it, covering everything with hardware cloth, and a full roof over the run to keep snow and rain out to some extent.
I'm thinking I will make a PVC pipe feeder that fills from the storage closet, and sits under the coop, where it's more sheltered than the rest of the run.
This is my first year in NY, (I'm from Utah), so no experience with the climate here. I've heard from locals that wind is really an issue in the winter, so I'm planning to make panels to place on the outside of the run to provide wind breaks when needed.

That's the plan right now. I've drawn and redrawn plans about six different ways over the last month. Hoping to start building next month, depending on the weather. Might have to build in segments in the garage, and then assemble outside later if we get a lot of snow soon. Don't want to be caught with no coop when spring gets here!
You don't need to go down with your apron. Go horizontal. Pin the outer edge with landscape pins, cover with sod and seed. Check out the link to My Coop build (under my information in my avatar) for pictures of what I'm talking about.
You are starting with a footprint that offers 24 sq ft per bird so that's fantastic!
I also advise building a walk-in style coop. I've had both raised and walk-in and would never do raised again. It's nearly impossible to fetch a chicken at roost to tend to it or do routine health checks when you can't get in the coop yourself. Accessing the area under the coop can be a real pain too.
 

Hunnied

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Freeville, NY
Welcome to BYC! I live in the finger lakes region of NY, and just got my first chickens in September, after wanting them for decades, and like you, finally moving to a place where I am allowed to have them! Any thoughts on breeds or where you want to buy them from? Day old or started pullets? I got sexted, day old chicks. I order 4 females, but one turned out to be a rooster. Fortunately, I’m able to keep a rooster on my property. In fact, I am considering starting a bachelor chicken sanctuary!
I’m excited for you, it was a big day for me when I finally got my chickens!
 

BrockportChick

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Dec 29, 2019
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Western NY
Hello from Brockport!

That's so great that you can keep roosters! I would love to, but it's not allowed in the village. They're so beautiful, though!
I'm hoping for a mixed flock of egg layers. I can only have 6, so as much variety in birds and egg colors as I can get in a tiny flock.
May I ask where you got your chicks? I'm running into the "15 chick minimum" for mail orders, which I can't do.
 

DobieLover

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Hello from Brockport!

That's so great that you can keep roosters! I would love to, but it's not allowed in the village. They're so beautiful, though!
I'm hoping for a mixed flock of egg layers. I can only have 6, so as much variety in birds and egg colors as I can get in a tiny flock.
May I ask where you got your chicks? I'm running into the "15 chick minimum" for mail orders, which I can't do.
I have purchased chicks from Meyer Hatchery. They have a 3 chick minimum during the more temperate times of the year, which is when you should be doing mail orders regardless to minimize shipping stress.
 

Hunnied

Chirping
Nov 10, 2019
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Freeville, NY
Hello from Brockport!

That's so great that you can keep roosters! I would love to, but it's not allowed in the village. They're so beautiful, though!
I'm hoping for a mixed flock of egg layers. I can only have 6, so as much variety in birds and egg colors as I can get in a tiny flock.
May I ask where you got your chicks? I'm running into the "15 chick minimum" for mail orders, which I can't do.
I got mine from Meyer Hatchery. 3 chick minimum, and a guarantee on sex (money back or store credit). I shopped around a lot, and found a few others with smaller minimums, but Meyer had the largest selection at the best price. I’m expecting 3 ducklings from them this week, and so far am very happy with their service! They also have a YouTube video of a tour of their hatchery on hatching day, and it’s clear from that that they take great care of their birds!
 
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