Hi from lexington nc!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by katie1990, Mar 13, 2015.

  1. katie1990

    katie1990 In the Brooder

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    Hi, I'm Katie and I just moved to lexington, nc from Florida. We've got four acres of property and plan on getting a few chickens so we can have eggs and also for my daughters to have as pets. I'm new to chickens since I used to live in the city by the beach. Anyone have any good tips on a coop? I've seen lots of them that are elevated and lots that are on the ground is one better than the other?
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC, Katie! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our community.

    I suggest taking a look at the Coops page for some good coop designs:Chicken Coop Designs

    It is usually good if coops are elevated at least a little off the ground, as that makes it less susceptible to predators and to getting damp.
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC!

    Definitely stop by our coops pages that Wyandottes has linked for you. Lots of good ideas from our members. And you will also want to stop by our learning center as well. Lots of good articles on caring for your flock....https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    I have had both elevated and ground coops. I much prefer the ground coops for a few reasons. I can walk into a ground coop. Ground coops are warmer than elevated coops. My chickens hated their elevated coop and love being able to hang out in a large ground coop. My birds had all kinds of issues with frost bite in the elevated smaller coop. But these are just my preferences. You might also get some opinions in our Coop and Run Construction forums too....https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/9/coop-run-design-construction-maintenance

    Enjoy this new journey you are on and welcome to our flock!
     
  5. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

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    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]
    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home!
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Glad you joined the flock
     
  8. katie1990

    katie1990 In the Brooder

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    Thank you for the links, I actually stumbled upon a few really helpful things on here that have answered my questions. I'm excited to get started!
     
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
     
  10. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Songster

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    Hey neighbor!! I'm in Lexington as well.

    As for the coops, chickens prefer to be higher up when they are sleeping. How many chickens will you have? If you plan to have breeds that like to brood their own chicks, having a coop on the ground as your brooder can be convenient. Otherwise, just get what will best suit your needs and budget. I've had multiple kinds and they all have their pros and cons.
     

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