Hi there - I'm the fresh newbie on the block

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Mac WIlson, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. Mac WIlson

    Mac WIlson New Egg

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    Hi,

    Excited to find this site - living in a suburb of San Antonio TX and grew up going to grandparents on weekends so had decent exposure to chickens & always wanted some. We can have four hens legally. Just barely scratching the surface with my research & whatnot. Been married nearly 24 yrs and should retire from the Air Force in just a few short years. I won't be relocating any more with Uncle Sam so until we can escape suburbia for a few acres further out, I'm hoping to have a great time with raising some hens and looking forward to getting started.
    I live on a green belt behind us so we have concerns with Red Tailed hawks, Owl, Cara-Caras (aka Mexican Eagle), possum & coyote. I have not personally seen any 'coons, but they are in the area. We have three Chihuahuas and a larger mixed breed pooch (my avatar pic).
    Advice is appreciated & if you have any "if I could do it all over again" types of sage advice, I'm all ears. :)
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  3. Mac WIlson

    Mac WIlson New Egg

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    Thank you :)
     
  4. MrBobWhite

    MrBobWhite Out Of The Brooder

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    Welcome Mac to BYC! I've had hawks and owls kill poultry but its not often. It's the four legged critters that are the main culprits.
     
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  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
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  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Mac, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our flock! If I could "do it all over again" I'd make my coop and run larger than I did. 4 sq/ft per bird is the recommended coop size and in the run it's 10 sq/ft per bird. That said, during periods when I can't let them free range and they are confined, the larger space would be great. Also, regarding raccoons - you can bet you will see them once you get chickens - it's like leaving a box of Krispy Creme doughnuts in the office - people show up!!!! So, make your coop as predator proof as you can with hardware cloth and good latches, etc!!

    Good luck to you in your poultry adventure!
     
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  7. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  8. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!! [​IMG] Glad you joined us!! [​IMG]
     
  9. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  10. Kernel Cluck

    Kernel Cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC[​IMG] from Wisconsin.
     

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