1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Hi from Rockton, IL

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by AMeriKanne, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. AMeriKanne

    AMeriKanne New Egg

    2
    0
    7
    Sep 29, 2015
    Hi everyone! Just getting started. Building a coop this weekend. I was asked to help rescue some hens that can't stay where they are. My hubby and I were planning on starting next Spring, but it looks like we are starting about 5 months earlier. We will know for sure tomorrow, if she needs us to take them. I hear she might have someone closer, in miles, to her than us.

    I'm finding it difficult to find any free chicken coop plans. I know what I want, so I've got my graphic designer brother working on the plan. We have so much barn wood, insulation, and chicken wire already that I have no doubt we can build a great home for our hens.

    My biggest concern will be keeping them safe from our dog and cats. I want to free range them, eventually. For now, I'll put them in the pet play yard during the day. If we start with chicks next March, I feel confident they will adjust and learn, but with these 6-7 month old hens, I'm somewhat hesitant.

    Looking forward to all the tips/advice from this group.
     
  2. steven29128

    steven29128 Chillin' With My Peeps

    338
    19
    61
    Sep 25, 2015
    South Carolina USA
    Welcome to Back Yard Chickens ! [​IMG]
    Chickens are fun!
     
  3. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    30,433
    4,873
    568
    Apr 11, 2010
    Utah
  4. AMeriKanne

    AMeriKanne New Egg

    2
    0
    7
    Sep 29, 2015
    I have seen so many plans and am now feeling overwhelmed. I keep thinking I want on tall enough for me to walk into and clean. Easy clean-ability is a must. I'm sure we will figure it out.
     
  5. steven29128

    steven29128 Chillin' With My Peeps

    338
    19
    61
    Sep 25, 2015
    South Carolina USA
    Fast fix is 10x20 dog pen. Just put chicken wire along bottom. Build roof over top and tarp on back. Remember to build hen boxes off ground and perch.
     
  6. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,634
    208
    198
    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  7. AnimalsRmyLife

    AnimalsRmyLife Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,586
    51
    138
    Dec 18, 2013
    Idaho
    [​IMG]

    I hope you continue to have a wonderful time here! Good luck on building your coop! Can't wait to hear how it turns out!
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    77,015
    5,355
    678
    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Have you checked out the Coops section.? Some have very detailed instructions of the build, step by step. Many styles and sizes. You may also want to post on the Illinois thread. Chicken folks could elaborate on what you need to get a flock through winter, etc. Good luck with your build.
     
  9. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    30,433
    4,873
    568
    Apr 11, 2010
    Utah
    My main coop is a walk in..love it. You are right, makes for easy clean up. I have a smaller coop that my hubby also built, not a walk in, harder to reach in and clean.
     
  10. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

    32,645
    6,804
    568
    Dec 12, 2013
    Fore!
    [​IMG]

    Please avoid using chicken wire in your coop build project. It's not strong enough to keep predators out, all it's good for is keeping the chickens in. Hardware cloth is more expensive but will keep your chickens safer.

    Good luck with your new flock (whether you get them now or in the spring).
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by