Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lilybug51, Mar 10, 2017.

  1. lilybug51

    lilybug51 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2017
    My name is Heather. I am a retired paramedic. I'm in the process of buying a farm in Waddy, KY. I am super excited to get the farm started with chickens! The farm has a pre existing chicken coop with large fenced (3 sides) in area. What do I need to do before I put new chickens in it?
  2. cowboyclayt

    cowboyclayt Chillin' With My Peeps

    :welcome are you going to let them free range? So the chicken run isn't fenced in all the way around?
  3. lilybug51

    lilybug51 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2017
    Oh sorry it is fenced all the way around plus over the top. I was thinking free range during the day and coop at night to protect from coyote and fox. Would that be ok?
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greeting from Kansas, lillybug, and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard! I think you will want to make sure the run is predator proof for when they are in it. If it is chicken wire, be advised that it does a great job keeping chickens in but a poor job keeping a coyote or raccoon with an attitude out. I have heard gruesome stories of a raccoon reaching through the holes in chicken wire, hooking a chicken and eating it alive through the wire. What a way to go. [​IMG] Hardware cloth is the better choice.
    In terms of free ranging...that's a risk/reward deal. Yes, they will have more access to bugs and seeds and weeds, etc. But the coyotes and foxes you mentioned will have more access to them! The Learning Center offers a wealth of informative articles spanning the range of chicken keeping. Here's the link if you are interested:
    And if you'd like to chat with some local chicken peeps, find the KY thread in this link:
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  5. cowboyclayt

    cowboyclayt Chillin' With My Peeps

    That is what I do. I am building them a run for in the winter though because then I can't slide a motion activated water sprinkler to keep them out of our landscaping in the front yard. I will be using welded wire the kind with 2" x 4" holes/gaps. I have dogs so raccoons and other animals aren't a problem at night. I have to keep her on a leash during the day to keep her from eating them. Lol. And yes, chicken wire won't work.
  6. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Hi Heather, it's nice to have you here!

    Just like so many other things in life, free ranging has it's pros and cons, it's up to each individual to judge if the risk of losing a bird is worth the benefit.

    Whatever you decide, feel free to ask questions and make yourself at home!
  7. micah wotring

    micah wotring Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 6, 2015
    WV boy here!
    Welcome to BYC! This is THE place to be for anything and everything poultry related...
    Whether you're looking for help, info, insight, poultry breeders, ideas, or just friends, you've come to the right place!

    Anyway, great to have ya here!

    Make it a great day!

  8. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Heather [​IMG] Welcome!

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] Heather [​IMG]

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