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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by dwidick, May 1, 2016.

  1. dwidick

    dwidick Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey there I'm Dwidick I'm new to the chicken world just got 5 day old Buff orphingtons pullets last week and totally love em. Been socializing them with the kids and my other animals but from a distance. [​IMG]
     
  2. Donnigan

    Donnigan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So cute!
     
  3. N F C

    N F C dem crazy bones Premium Member

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    It's nice to hear you are enjoying your new chicks, thanks for sharing a picture.
     
  4. dwidick

    dwidick Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm rather proud of them now I gotta figure out what I'm going to do as far as a coup. Looking through designs now and the prefab versions are cheaply built and to dang expensive.
     
  5. N F C

    N F C dem crazy bones Premium Member

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    If at all possible, I'd recommend you stay away from the prefabs. Most of them are not well made (and yes, very expensive)...they also seem to over estimate how many chickens can fit into them. There are about as many ways of building a coop as there are poultry keepers. Some people build Taj Mahal's and some use reclaimed materials like pallets to build coops. I've even seen some nice ones made from old plastic kid's playhouses. Use your imagination when it comes to materials. Where you do not want to skimp on cost is on predator protection and size of coop.

    Make your coop as large as you can because the chickens will do best with plenty of space. Also make it as strong as possible to keep them from becoming another animal's dinner (hardware cloth is not cheap but it's less expensive in the long run than replacing your entire flock).

    Good luck and have fun with it!
     
  6. dwidick

    dwidick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the tips. I have an ok sized area to put it. I'm not known for skimping on anything I'd rather spend the money once then buy twice. Also looking to use a little bit of reclaimed pallets at work.
     
  7. LittleBrownie

    LittleBrownie Queen of Stache

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined! :)
     
  8. dwidick

    dwidick Out Of The Brooder

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    Glad to be here. I've become so inthatuated with my chicks I'm driving my family crazy with chickens. Haha glad to be in like company.
     
  9. LittleBrownie

    LittleBrownie Queen of Stache

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    Same here! When I first owned my RIRs, they drove my dad crazy as we cared for them! They were a mess, but they turned out great and laid eggs daily :) If you have any questions, we'll be glad to help!
     
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    dwidick Out Of The Brooder

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    It's appreciated. My orphies are very much love here at home. Kids want to hold them all the time but I limit their exposure to the kids. I handle them quite a bit for socialization but not enough to stress them or cause them to get chilled. I will definitely ask the questions as they come up.
     

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