Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jenjens, Jun 5, 2019.

  1. Jenjens

    Jenjens Chirping

    Jun 5, 2019
    My name is Jennifer and I just joined this forum. I have been lurking for a few weeks after I got my first chickens, and figured I should join because I am sure I will have tons of questions.

    I have 5 chicks. 2 Barred Rocks, 1 Production Red, and a Delaware. Also, I have Golden Sebright - this one was picked out by my husband because it was "pretty", and we didn't really know what we were getting when we purchased him/her (hopefully a her-I gave in to my husband because I wanted only hens and didn't want to bother the neighbors with a rooster) We didn't realize it can also FLY.

    I am a first time chicken owner. I live in the suburbs in Illinois and I have always wanted a farm because of my love of animals and never wanting children. I don't have a farm, just a backyard, but it's as close as I can get for now with my job and all. I also have a dog, the other love of my life, a Pitbull named Canaan. Who is so interested in them, and loves to give them kisses,

    We have a small shed/barn that the previous owner used for his miniature horse. We figure it will work until we went in the barn and realized the floor has rotted away and is covered with some type of mat. We are on a very tight budget and need to turn it into a coop. If anyone has any tips for cheap way to do things I would appreciate it. We also have a lot of wildlife around, and I didn't know that RACOONS EAT CHICKENS. I had like a 20 pounder eating out of my bird feeder last week and now realize that I need to do more for the barn.

  2. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Partially Enlightened

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC.
    :yesss: We are glad you joined this flock!
    Jump right in and make yourself at home.

    Can you get some pictures of this shed?
    Dirt floor is good.

    This video will help you learn how to navigate this site (how to upload photos too):

    Coop Ideas:
    Chicken Coops.

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  3. Perris

    Perris Crowing

    Jan 28, 2018
    Gower, Wales
    hello Jennifer @Jenjens ! welcome to BYC :frow
    if you put 'frugal' in the search box you'll find lots of advice on how to do chicken things on a budget :)
  4. Jenjens

    Jenjens Chirping

    Jun 5, 2019
    Thanks guys! I'll take a picture of the shed when I get home.
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hi, Jennifer - welcome to BYC.
  6. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Enabler

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    My Coop
    Welcome :welcome Glad you decided to join us! Check out the coop section, lots of coops made from free or recycled material. I don’t know if putting a new floor in would be feasible. Even in the city you will have to prepare for predators you never thought present.... Coyotes, foxes, raccoons, birds of prey, dogs are just a few. Hardware cloth will be your best friend, chicken wire is only good to keep chickens in but no protection from predators. You’ll find lots of info here to get started on your chicken journey :)
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard Chickens Jennifer, hope you will enjoy it as much as we do. :yesss:
  8. 007Sean

    007Sean Saint of the Sinners

    Oct 25, 2015
    South Central Texas
    Howdy :frow and Welcome to Backyard Chickens.

    Happy :ya to have you here with us. Enjoy your time here at BYC!

    Thanks for joining our community! :celebrate
  9. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio

    Aug 17, 2016
    Salt Lake City, UT
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! We're glad you decided to join our wonderful community! :welcome
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  10. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

    Jul 23, 2018
    Apalachin, NY
    My Coop
    Hello, Jennifer, and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    When you get your pictures, you can start a new thread in the Coop & Run forum and we'll help with ideas. The stall mats you can actually sell for something if they are in decent shape. Looking forward to that thread.
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