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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by OHchickens87, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. OHchickens87

    OHchickens87 In the Brooder

    Jul 17, 2019
    Hi everyone!

    We have been wanting chickens for a while and I think hubs is finally convinced to dive in next spring so I want to spend the fall building a coop and run. We have raccoons in the area so it will need to be fort Knox to keep the trash panda out.

    We rent a home and live in the inner suburbs of a city. Landlord will be signing off before we start any building. Per ordinances we are allowed 4 hens no roosters and no free ranging. However they only enforce it if the neighbors complain. The neighbors around the corner free range their chickens all the time and there are many homes exceeding the 4 chicken limit. However we will be sticking to 4 to 6 chickens max I think just for logistics.

    I'm a mom of 2 boys under 5 so we will be trying to make sure we have more docile and friendly breeds. I've done a lot of reading already and hope to learn a lot more. We have several friends with chickens too so that helps.

    My older kiddo only eats fresh eggs so we really want to get some chickens so we aren't having to track down farm fresh eggs every week.

    I have been looking at all the great tips here and I cannot wait to join you all raising chickens :)
  2. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Partially Enlightened

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
  3. TooCheep

    TooCheep Songster

    Feb 23, 2019
    Welcome to BYC! Plenty of helpful people here, so read and ask plenty of questions. Your girls will be much better off for the effort.

    I've run into a couple of new chicken people on the board in the last couple of days with the same problem, so I figured I'd warn you up front before you made the same mistake. If you are going to use a prefab coop, be aware that they lie about capacity. My prefab was supposed to be able to handle 8 chickens, but is slightly crowded for my 3 full sized birds. When you come up with an initial plan for your coop and run (prefab or not), post the details on BYC and ask for feedback. You will get plenty and can fix any problems before you've invested real money.

    Enjoy your time here. BYC is a great resource
  4. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

    Jul 23, 2018
    Apalachin, NY
    My Coop
    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    That's great you are doing your research before jumping in. Many people get chicks first and then struggle to build a coop and run in time as they grow so darn fast.
    First piece of advice: chicken wire is to keep chickens in and absolutely NOTHING out. Don't use that to secure anything. Use 1/2" hardware cloth. Best price is on Amazon.
  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi & :welcome

    How exciting to be planning your new chicken adventures!
    Be sure to ask any questions that you have, everyone here to help.

    Enjoy your time here on BYC :frow
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Good luck with the coop construction and the establishment and maintenance of your flock.
  7. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Enabler

    Hello, and welcome! Glad that you joined! What breed or breeds are you thinking about getting?
  8. N F C

    N F C Champion

    Dec 12, 2013

    Chickens and kids are a great match...you all are in for some fun!
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  10. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Enabler

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    My Coop
    Welcome :welcome Glad you decided to join us!

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