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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by K9cowgirl, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. K9cowgirl

    K9cowgirl New Egg

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    Hi there,

    My name is Jodie. We raise German Shepherd's in Central Florida on 10 beautiful acres. We have decided to turn a 10x15 ft dog kennel in our chicken coop. I would love to hear any do's and don't's. :)
     
  2. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    Ask us any questions and we will try to answer all of them! Good luck with your chicken raising!
     
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Drop by the learning centre for some excellent articles on getting started raising chickens https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    My top tips would be, keep them safe from predators, food and fresh water available at all times, a clean and dry coop and run and plenty of space for each bird so everyone can live in harmony.
    Wishing you the very best of luck with your impending chicken adventure. Enjoy BYC and ask any questions you have everyone here to help you along the way and very friendly :frow
     
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    My advice would be to look in the coops section for the best way to secure your coop and pen - dog pens are intended to keep dogs in, but will not keep many predators out.
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our "flock"

    You've received some good links and advice already! The Learning Center in particular is a great place to start, as it has lots of information. If you can't find answers to some specific questions, just ask! We'll be happy to help in any way we can.[​IMG]
     
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    I love your avatar!! Are those your german shepards?
     
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    The other members have given you some good advice/links already! Good luck with your future chickens and coop plans. If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask! We'll be happy to help. [​IMG]
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    If you use a chain link kennel run, you need to back it with 1/2" hardware cloth to keep small predators from squeezing through the openings. There are usually openings around the gates and latches that need to be closed in as well.
     

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