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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by jeria, May 6, 2017.

  1. jeria

    jeria Songster

    May 5, 2017
    Independence MO
    HI ! I'm Jeri: I'm in the research stage of considering starting a tiny flock (2-4 hens) next spring so may be asking lots of questions. My chicks will need to be heat and cold hardy, I have no power source in my yard a am finding the information on breeds fascinating. I'm sure this will be an interesting journey.

    I'm in Independence Missouri have a normal neighborhood size yard that backs on to a quiet wooded area of a city park. City codes allow hens but no roosters. The woods extend down to the Missouri river so lots of predators, the raccoons being very aggressive (they managed to do about $8,000 dollars worth of damage to my house a couple years ago getting into my attic). I had a flock of chickens years ago in the county that were killed by coyotes when they were pullets as we only had a chicken wire fence. My year ahead planning is because I plan on building a secure coop and run for them yet not spend a small fortune on it. I'm single and kids are grown but have no qualms about tackling projects as I am remodeling my house mostly by myself.

    My chickens will be mostly confined though want a moveable covered pen so they can forage in my fenced yard and pop them into fenced organic raised beds in the fall and early spring. I have 2 dogs I don't think either would try to hurt a bird (I have a tiny Quaker parrot) but one is a lab/Rottweiler mix who is too active and thinks she is little. We also have lots of hawks and an occasional eagle who hunt over this area so they need overhead protection if I'm not out in the yard.

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi Jeri and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us. You no doubt get lots of inspiration from the Coops Section for your coop and run build.

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread#post_3239224

    All the best
  3. jeria

    jeria Songster

    May 5, 2017
    Independence MO
    Thanks, didn't know there are state threads. Still finding my way around the site. I was reading on the coops last night and some this morning, that's where I discovered I needed to join to ask questions.
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    The quickest way for me to navigate the site is via the above search box. For instance you can put your state name in the search box and it will come up.[​IMG]
  5. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
    Welcome to BYC!

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