Hi, I'm new to BYC

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Colleen47, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. Colleen47

    Colleen47 New Egg

    Mar 11, 2016
    My family and I decided to raise some chickens. A friend of ours has chickens and is going to give us some chicks.were trying to decide on a coop.we can only have three chickens in our area, so a smaller coop would do.I joined here to get helpful tips. I'm not sure where to go to see others coops, if someone could help me, thank you so much. I very excited to get going.
  2. BYC910

    BYC910 Flock Master Premium Member

    [​IMG] Go to coops forum there lots of designs in it .Also you could look at what TSC has on line check your local CL in the farm and garden section. you might find one already built that will suit your needs . best of luck with your chickens.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Actually the pre-built and coop kits are not made to stand up to weather conditions and they exaggerate greatly how many chickens can fit inside. Crowded chickens get nasty and start fighting, or feather pulling and sometimes turn to cannibalism. IN any coop you should allow 4-5 sq.feet per bird (at ground level) not counting roost poles or nest boxes., and allow 10 sg.feet per bird in the outdoor run. Some type of run cover will keep out climbers and raptors - as well as prevent your birds from flying out. You may want to check out the "chicken tractors," in the coops section.
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  4. BYC910

    BYC910 Flock Master Premium Member

    I agree don't buy one build your own just use them as a reference as to deign and stay with the sq. ft. DD said .
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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