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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Cojaem, Dec 14, 2014.

  1. Cojaem

    Cojaem In the Brooder

    Dec 14, 2014
    Central Florida
    Hi everyone! I got my first (6) chickens a couple months ago; buff orpingtons about 9 weeks old now. I built the coop myself! It was my first time building something of that size. (I didn't even know how to work a circular saw before this) It's a 4x7 coop based off of the "How the Chicken Crossed the Road" plans on Tractor Supply's website. I don't have a run yet but I do plan on building one ASAP. The chicks are so cute! I'm so happy I decided to get them. I look forward to getting to know y'all!

    Winter Haven, FL
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Hi Connor, nice to meet you. Rule of thumb is 4 sq.feet per bird in the cop, not counting nest boxes and 10 sg.feet per bird in the outdoor run. Bigger is always better- because you WILL want more chickens, and it could save you from building a second coop. Buff orps are rather big, heavy birds, they'd probably like more room so they don't knock each other off the roost bars.
  3. Cojaem

    Cojaem In the Brooder

    Dec 14, 2014
    Central Florida
    yeah I wasn't actually planning on getting six of them but those were the last bunch at the local Rural King and I felt bad only getting 3 or 4 and splitting them up! I should've known this would happen! Lol. I put hardware cloth on the doors and then put a clear piece of greenhouse roofing over that so they get lots of natural light every day without the draft. Worse comes to worst, I'll just add on to it! Don't worry, I will make sure to spoil my little babies!

    EDIT: I also make sure they got out once a day to free range in the yard for at least an hour! I'm training my hound to protect the flock from predators if I'm not right there with them.
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2014
  4. Randy54sm

    Randy54sm In the Brooder

    Dec 7, 2014
    Anderson, Indiana
    Welcome to a very informative site. I know I'm learning loads.
  5. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC, Conner! Glad you decided to join our flock. Drumstick diva has given you some good advice. Buff Orpingtons are a wonderful breed. I've raised them for years, and they are very friendly, calm, and gentle. My children, and now my granddaughter (pictured in my avatar) made lap pets of them. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in getting your run built.
  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member 7 Years

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
  8. N F C

    N F C you heard the cat, smile! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.
  10. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word Staff Member Premium Member 7 Years

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Congrats on the new babies!! Make yourself at home here and if you have any questions along the way about anything, feel free to ask. Welcome to our flock!

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