Hi all from Up State New York

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by xtetra, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. xtetra

    xtetra In the Brooder

    Mar 5, 2012
    Just saying hello before I head off to buy a few basic things to start building a coup/run. No birds just yet, but the chicks will arrive Monday so I have all my brooder stuff ready to go. Looking forward to them getting here!

    I haven't broken ground for the coup and run yet and I wanted to ask you folks about location. I have two or three good spots on my little half acre next to the woods in terms of drainage. The climate here is hard to pin down lately, we can have some harsh winters as well as hot summers but MOST of the year its pretty moderate. I could locate the fair feathered ones in a spot that gets about 30/60 Sun and Shade when the leaves are on the trees and still gets good drainage or somewhere that is close to all sun. I also have an option for all shade but I would need to build up the base area of their run with about 3 to 6 inches of stone and gravel to help keep the run well drained. Any input would be really helpful.

    Also, my friend just built his run and coup and added a bunch of stone for the run. He used river pebbles he bought by the bag. I have a bunch of brick chips I've wanted to use up. Are they suitable to mix with stone? I was also thinking of getting pebbles from the creek at the base of my property which are mainly your basic smooth grey stone with the odd granite pebble imported by the last ice age (I think)

    Oh...raising for eggs not meat. Two Silkies, three Golden Comets and three Speckled Sussex. Going to build the coup and run to
    accommodate a dozen birds. Was figuring just shy of 10 square feet/bird in the run and 2square feet per bird in the coup.

    Thanks and a big hello to ya'll! :)

  2. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Songster

    Jan 27, 2012
    SW Ohio
    Hello and welcome from Ohio....glad you joined us. Sounds like you have things well under control. Good luck with your new chicks and getting started on their cozy home :)
  3. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    Welcome to BYC. Glad you joined us!
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  6. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  7. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

    Mar 22, 2010
    Saratoga County, NY
    Also upstate NY - welcome to BYC!!

  8. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. I would go with the good drainage area. You can also just put up some sort of shade cloth if you need to. It will probably be cheaper than building up an area. :thumbsup
  9. happyhensny

    happyhensny Brown Barns Farm

    Bigger is ALWAYS better. I started out with a 4 x 8 coop, then built a 8 x 8 then a couple tractors now I have a 12 x 24 with 5 separate pens and wish I had MORE ROOM! Good luck and keep checking out BYC, loads of great people and info! Check out the "NY Chicken Lover" thread and the link to a little Poultry School get together in my signature!

  10. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Opt for better drainage, you can always add shade if needed. And avoid sharp-edged rock in the run. Sand is actually better than stone.

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