Hey Y'all from Virginia.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Rick O Shea, Oct 18, 2016.

  1. Rick O Shea

    Rick O Shea Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 29, 2015
    Been lurking here far too long...it's time to change that. I have had chickens in the distant past and have been anxious again, as if I need another hobby. My bride and I moved to Va following retirement. The area is heavily tree'd. No shortage of roost poles here. Long story short: After buying this place, we quickly learned a new septic field was needed. Trees were cleared and a few bucks later, a system was installed 9 ft below a 5,000 sq ft area. It has recently been mud and new grass planting, but an otherwise perfect spot for a relatively small footprint coop/run. A shed was added for storage as the garage is otherwise occupied, but then that's another story. The shed will remain a shed. Great ideas, builds, thoughts and positive critiques abound here on BYC. I have learned a lot with so many like minded folks willing to share.
    I know this may be contrary to the norm but, right or wrong, I think I'll build before springtime "chick days" at the local feed store. Construction has begun on a panelized and covered coop/ run with a 6x18' footprint, to include an elevated 4x6 hen house. That should be plenty of space for 8-10 layers. YES..... I know the "chicken math" rule, but have to draw the line somewhere. It will include hardware cloth screening, white washed (limed) interior, bump-out nest boxes, full covered roof, predator apron, and with a bit of luck, the option for daytime free range.
    Thanks to all for some fantastic concepts and recommendations .....[​IMG]
    past, present & future.

    Regards. Rick
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Rick, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined us! Sounds like you have some well thought out and researched plans so you will be good to go when your spring chicks arrive! I wish you all the best! Be sure you stop by the VA thread in the following link so you can say hey to local chicken keepers! https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you
  3. RodNTN

    RodNTN Following Jesus Premium Member

    May 22, 2013
    Serving Jesus
    My Coop
    Hi and [​IMG] Glad you joined us! Nice sounding coop! You seem very prepared for your spring chicks!
    Have a great time on here, best wishes! [​IMG]
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. Rick O Shea

    Rick O Shea Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 29, 2015
    Thanks all ! Now I know a VA threads is out there...will certainly dig into that one.
  6. Athaid

    Athaid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Looks good! Welcome to BYC :)
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice to meet you Rick. Rule of thumb is to allow 4-5 sq. feet per bird in the coop (excluding nest boxes & roosts, and 10 sq. feet per bird in the outdoor run. Crowded chickens act out by bullying, feather plucking and at extreme - cannibalism. If you climate has frequent bursts of extreme weather that would keep chickens in the coop, they need to have even more space inside.

  8. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello Rick, and welcome to Backyard Chickens from a fellow Virginian! Glad you joined us and I hope you make yourself at home here!
  9. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    4x8 would be better for 8-10 layers, without even accounting for chicken math. 4x6 is on the small side.

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