Hey everyone getting a chicken coop this week! Predator questions and Hello!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by willstow, Feb 14, 2017.

  1. willstow

    willstow New Egg

    Feb 14, 2017
    Hello!!, my cousin is giving me his old chicken coop. We are excited to get started on our next adventure with the chickens. Our house has a fenced in area - about 15' x 30' chain link fence maybe 4' tall. I was thinking of making a "ceiling" over the area inside the chain link fencing with this barrier fencing - see the link for details - do you think that would keep hawks out if I roll out a couple of layers? Then I have some mesh wire fencing left over from a project that I was going to use to put around the chain link fence itself to keep the ground predators away.


    We have a 20 month old boy and we are excited to get some more pets for him to enjoy. This may be a dumb question but could the hens injure him (biting or scratching?). I clearly have a lot of research to do on here but we are certainly excited!

    PS We live near Smyrna, Ga
  2. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello there, and welcome to the big, happy BYC family! I am so glad you joined us, please make yourself at home. I hope you will enjoy it here as much as I have! :frow

  3. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

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

    Very exciting!

    Living in suburbia we do not have a great deal of predator issues, unless you count pampered neighbourhood puddy cats more interested in sunning themselves than running around in the heat chasing chickens [​IMG]

    I recommend posting your question on the Predators and Pests Forum: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/13/predators-and-pests

    You might also want to check out the Learning Centre; lots of good tips there: https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Finally, you might want to also pop in and say hello on your local thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you ‘Find your State’s thread.

    Hens can give a good peck but do not usually do this unless provoked or broody. Your question and concern for your son tells me that you are not going to leave him alone with them and will keep a close eye on his and their behaviour so all should be well. I definitely do not recommend a rooster around small children.

    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. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
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  4. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 12, 2013
    Boulder, Colorado
    I used to live in Smryna! My GG mother was born on Kennesaw Mountain. But that's another story.
    You can use the orange fencing but it's going to be annoying and a blight before the end of the week. Plus you have tons of predators and the plastic won't be much of a match. Possum, dogs, raccoons, skunk, more possum. I would cover it with wire or even cover it with a roof. Let's see pictures of the coop.
    Chickens will scratch and peck. If they don't want to be caught and held you can be beat silly with their flapping and their feet come equipped with sharp pointy weapons. You will need to work with the chicks when they are little getting them comfortable being held because every kid wants to carry them around the yard. Also select breeds that are known for being docile (orpingtons,Russian orloffs, brahmas and Brabanter are at the top of my list).
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice links already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] You may also want to check out the predator threads for advice on keeping your flock safe.
  7. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    You've already received some good advice so I'll just say hello and thanks for joining us!
  8. MissNutmeg

    MissNutmeg Chicken Obsessed

    Jan 18, 2017
    My Coop
  9. Circle W Farms

    Circle W Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2016
    My Coop
    Congrats on your new coop and welcome to BYC.
  10. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, willstow, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our flock! You've already received a bunch of great advice so I'll just say best wishes and thanks for joining BYC. Enjoy your ride on the poultry train!! [​IMG]

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