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Homesteading in North GA and New to Chickens!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by LTreadwell, Mar 6, 2017.

  1. LTreadwell

    LTreadwell In the Brooder


    I have been lurking on this site for awhile making an idea book for my chicken dreams on Pinterest while we were searching for property. Well, we were lucky enough to find and close on our new ranch 2 weeks ago. 11 acres with a 7-year overgrown pasture and a house that hasn't been updated since 1975. The good news is the horse pasture is already fenced once we clear it, and there are a lot of outbuildings on the property.

    The bad news is that there are Predators galore, including a large pack of coyotes, as well as my own 6 large breed dogs. So, my mind has been spinning on how to build up and proof the new coop and run. I will definitely be adding hot wire, but am working on the layout.

    The coop is going to be built inside an old horse run-in shed, and I am really excited to finally know where I get to keep my chickens! I have never owned my own, but have helped out some friends who have 30-40 free range layers, and we have been spoiled by dozens of free fresh eggs the last couple years! I can't wait until they are from my own chickens!

    Now that I am getting serious about building the coop and run I thought it was time to join BYC for some expert help and guidance along the way. [​IMG] Pictures are of the shed that is gonna need some serious conversion, but at least it has a good roof! We are planning on starting with 5-10 chicks sometime in May, but our friends may raise them for a bit if I don't have the Chicken Palace made for them yet. We would eventually like to keep a flock of 15-20 depending on how things are going, so I am trying to plan a place for 20-25, lol.




  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens. Have you checked out the coops section for ideas and advice?
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, LTreadwell, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us and happy that you found yourself a slice of the country! For those predators, invest in hardware cloth - expensive but it can be the difference between happy chickens and dead chickens. Your dogs will likely keep the coyotes at bay but raccoons will sneak in at night and try to steal a chicken dinner! Also, if you haven't visited it already, the Learning Center is a treasure trove of useful articles for the chicken keeper: https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center
    And if you'd like to chat with other GA poultry folk, locate your state thread in this link and say howdy: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you
    Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC!! [​IMG]
  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under LTreadwell [​IMG] Welcome!

    Congrats on the new home!

    You might want to check out the Predators and Pests Forum: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/13/predators-and-pests

    Also, the folks on this thread may be able to help with some suggestions: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/596294/post-your-chicken-coop-pictures-here

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice and links already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  6. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Congratulations on your new place and best of luck with all your plans!
  7. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Welcome to Backyard Chickens! I am so glad you joined us and I hope you will make yourself at home here! :frow


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