Hi, I am Scott

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Bologna Xpress, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. Bologna Xpress

    Bologna Xpress Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 10, 2009
    My wife Shannon (whom is expecting in June) and I have been talking about chickens for years. We live on 5 1/2 ac. in wonderfull WV. Our place was once used for horses so we have a large 4 stall 30' x 40' barn to work with. We have about 1.5 ac fo old pasture and lawn the rest is woods. 1ac is going to be a food plot for deer this spring. I already have a basic coop idea utilizing part of my barn. I would like to free rrange the birds as much as possible I only have one concern. FEREL CATS, 4 to be exact. Please give me any and all recomendations.
    As far as chickens go feel free to advise on a good choice for a beginer. We are mostly looking for layers. We were thinking of Old English or RIR OR Both. Dont want to many to start so reccomended numbers would be great also.

  2. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan

    There are a number of places here on BYC where you can start looking for information. One would be the Learning Center, where you can read about the basics of raising chickens.

    Check out the Coop and Run Design and Construction area for tips on turning your stall space into a coop, and get advice about the feral cats from our members chatting in Predators and Pests.

    This is a very friendly, welcoming, and helpful community, and I know you'll find the answers you're looking for.

    Glad to have you here and see you around the forum! [​IMG]
  3. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN. Congratulations on expecting. Old English seem to make it free ranging around here better than most. I know a few people that let thiers free range 24/7 without hardly ever loosing any to predators. RIRs are also a good choice. I dont have any complaints at all with mine. [​IMG]
  4. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Welcome Scott!

    Most of what I've read is that cats don't bother larger breeds. We have a lot of cats around our place (I don't think they are feral) and they never bother any of our hens.
  5. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    Just wanted to say "Hello!" [​IMG] and [​IMG] !!!
  6. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Hello and Welcome from TN! [​IMG]

  7. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
  8. Bologna Xpress

    Bologna Xpress Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 10, 2009
    Thanks everybody, I look foward to all the great info here.
  9. lilshadow

    lilshadow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2008
    Milaca, MN
    [​IMG] you are going to love this forum.
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2009
  10. Barry

    Barry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome Scott, Lots of info on this site.
    About the cats, that would be a problem but just the first one as I am sure there are other predators lurking nearby. If you are feeding the cats then it is up to the individual temperament of the cat if they will bother your chickens. A cat that just wants to play with them will also stress the chickens, my advise is to trap the cats and take them to the Humane Society.
    Remember to always lock your chickens in for the night.

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