Hi! I'm new

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Equus5O, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. Equus5O

    Equus5O Chillin' With My Peeps

    I just got my chicken coop a few days ago. I'm new to the world of chickens! It has room for 8 hens. I think I'll start with four, though.

    I have to figure out how big a run we need to construct. I had wanted to let them roam during the day, but realized that the Jack Russell will probably kill the chickens if I do that. Bummer [​IMG]

    I still have a lot of research to do. Like ... do you keep food and water just in the coop or just in the yard, or both? And what kind of chickens are best for my area (Warren County, NJ)?

    I'm sure I'll be posting often [​IMG]
  2. paddock36

    paddock36 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 24, 2008
    Ocala, Florida
    [​IMG] from Ocala, FL. Never been to NJ so I can't help you on what type of chickens but I'm sure someone else can.
  3. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN
  4. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    [​IMG] from GA!
  5. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] I always say the bigger the better, because I'm always adding new birds anyway. I keep my food and water in the barn. Good luck with whatever you choose. [​IMG]
  6. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi there and welcome!
    Since you have a Jack Russell (love them!) you have an opportunity to predator-proof this coop using him as the guide...consider roofing the run!

    Consider him the perfect climber/digger/thinker with chicken meat on his mind...
  7. GaDawg

    GaDawg Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2008
    North GA
  8. kwynn's birds Alaska

    kwynn's birds Alaska Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2008
    Kenai, Alaska
    I got my habit started last July.
    I have to keep my girls in a large run because of neighbor dogs, but they don't complain. I have a huge fishing net that covers it so they can't fly out, and eagles stay out! I set their food and water outside, and throw a handfull of grain on the ground. I also set a jug of water in the house.
    I give mine a dust bath of woodstove ashes, and i feed them fine ground egg shells in place of oyster shell for calcium.
    Lots of other members are always helpful on this site.
    I'm sure they'll fill you in on other stuff that I missed!
    Have fun with your new habit...Warning, It's addictive here!
  9. inezbouley

    inezbouley Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 1, 2009
    Quote:[​IMG] And keep him on a leash when he goes outside!
  10. rachiegirl

    rachiegirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2009
    Beaver Co. PA
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from PA!

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