Hello. I'm a new flock mom with lots of learning to do!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by RumAcres, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. RumAcres

    RumAcres Just Hatched

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    Hello from Wisconsin! I got my babies June 3rd. They are now about 11 weeks old. I knew very little about chickens 8 months ago, but I've been reading and following here at BYC so now I know a little bit more![​IMG] I am having so much fun with them, watching their antics and finding how breeds and personalities differ. I have one brahma bantam (a clown), 3 red star (most outgoing), 2 barnavelders (shyest), and 2 australorps (friendliest and most curious).

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    I made my coop out of a 50 year old, two-seater, outhouse! I cut the bottom 2 feet off, put in vents and a window, put on a new roof, and put in an automatic door. Viola!

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    I will need to figure out the water situation this winter, as there is now power to the coop. The door and fence are solar powered. Any ideas? I started this adventure because I could not bear to buy eggs at the market knowing how commercial producers often treat their animals. This is my first step on a journey to become a better consumer. Can't wait for my first eggs! I know this is going to be a long love affair!

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  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us! And good luck with your beautiful flock!
     
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  3. RumAcres

    RumAcres Just Hatched

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    Thanks for the welcome!
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Oh how fun....The Two Seater Coop!!!! Very cute!

    Enjoy your adorable flock. If you have any questions along the way, feel free to ask.

    Make yourself at home and welcome to our flock!
     
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  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. Kelsie2290 has given you a good link for answering your questions. There is also a good article on Winter Proffing Your Coop at https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/winter-proofing-your-coop-why-and-how. You have some really good breeds. Black Australorps are my favorite standard breed. I have raised them for years and they are extremely hardy, very calm and gentle, and excellent layers of large, brown eggs. And the Red Sex Links (Red Stars) are egg laying machines. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in getting your coop ready for winter.
     
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  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
    Cute coop!!:)
     
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  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    What are the dimensions for the coop? You need 4 sg.feet per bird inside the coop and 10 sg.feet per bird in the outside run. If you experience harsh winters they may stay in the coop most of the day. In that case it's best to figure in additional space/ Chickens that are confined and crowded end up feather pulling, bullying, fighting and sometimes cannibalism.
     
  9. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    X2 on drumstick diva's advice. And those dimensions are minimal. More would be better.
     
  10. RumAcres

    RumAcres Just Hatched

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