Hello there! New member in California desert

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by USMC-MSgt-ret, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. USMC-MSgt-ret

    USMC-MSgt-ret New Egg

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    Well, I've been browsing around and decided this is the place to learn more about tending chickens in my retirement age (under 50 lol). We've had chickens before but I want to build a coop and run that will last a looong time. Surely I'll find something for us here. We live in Yucca Valley which is up to 105F in the summer and down to 15F in the winter. I have an 'L' shape area around the garage I want to use for approximately 6-8 hens. The short and long parts of the L are both 20'x5' with one part facing south and one facing east. The L is surrounded by regular 5' chainling fencing right now. I plan to use the end of the East side to build the coop and allow the hens to roam 'around' the garage. This way they can always have shade or sun when they wish while roaming. If you have any suggestions, they are surely welcomed, as I will plan until I feel comfortable to start buying and building away... Thanks in advance and 'talk' to ya'll laters!! ;)
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] If you have a lot of predators in your area you may want to put up some electrified wiring around the run area and a top on the run , if hawks are a problem. Everything seems to love chicken and if they get an easy meal they come back and bring friends.
     
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  3. USMC-MSgt-ret

    USMC-MSgt-ret New Egg

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    Sure thing, Diva; we lost one to a hawk before. Coop will be covered... Thanks for the welcome!:D
     
  4. AK Baha

    AK Baha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello and welcome.[​IMG]
     
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  5. mrchicks

    mrchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
     
  6. USMC-MSgt-ret

    USMC-MSgt-ret New Egg

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    Thanks! :highfive:
     
  7. cypressdrake

    cypressdrake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]. Hello , from south the swamps of Louisiana! I would just say to protect your flock as best you can from the weather and predators, all else will fall into place.
     
  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! There are some wonderful coop designs in the Coops section to inspire you and you are of course more than welcome to post pics of your set up in the Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance section and ask the member's input. We have quite a creative bunch there. Have fun!
     
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  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  10. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined!!
     

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