Hi from lexington nc!

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

  1. katie1990

    katie1990 Out Of The Brooder

    13
    0
    22
    Mar 13, 2015
    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

    84,499
    3,795
    646
    Jun 15, 2012
    Washington
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    20,569
    1,158
    391
    Jul 24, 2013
    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

    32,018
    4,693
    581
    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    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 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

    11,370
    2,453
    396
    Mar 3, 2015
    Virginia
    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]
    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home!
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    36,684
    4,699
    566
    Feb 18, 2011
    Ohio
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    82,480
    10,215
    816
    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Glad you joined the flock
     
  8. katie1990

    katie1990 Out Of The Brooder

    13
    0
    22
    Mar 13, 2015
    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

    28,339
    4,263
    516
    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
     
  10. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,208
    122
    206
    Oct 29, 2012
    Tyro-Lexington, NC
    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.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by