Howdy All from Australia

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by NaeNae, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. NaeNae

    NaeNae In the Brooder

    Mar 12, 2011
    South Gippsland
    HI Everyone *waves from across the oceans*

    Just recently become a "mummy" to 5 gorgeous pullets. These are my very first birds ever and I am completely smitten by them.
    I have a Welsummer (Esmerelda) who seems to rule the roost, a Light Sussex (Belle), a Silver Campine (Dotty) an IsaX (Tilly) and a CommercialBlack X (Pheonix)

    I am quite partial already to my Belle and would love to add to my Sussex collection, I would also like a few more of the rarer breeds but as my Dh always says "go easy hun, start with what you've got and see how you go"

    We live on DH family farm along with my PIL and SIL. Its a lovely old property and has been in Dh family since the area was first settled in 1876 our home is almost as old too.

    SO anyways,

    I found this site while looking for some chicken coop plans my girls are in a *cough* cheapo premade ugly looking thing that I thought was going to be brilliant until I saw the size the girls will grow too and realised it will do in the short term but will need something larger especially if I want to add to my ..... whatever the term is for a group of chooks [​IMG]

    We have an old chook yard that I was hoping to rebuild but its such a huge project thats going to be the "long term plan" The original coop is currently house all of FILs nuts and bolts and bits and pieces that he hords (sp?)

    Aside from the birds I also own 2 horses, 2 dogs, 1 cats (but feed 2 other cats that came with the house), and 2 alpacas. I am married as mentioned and have a beautiful 16month old daughter to shares her mothers love of animals.

    I am a tad infatuated with a few of the coop designs especially the barn looking ones in the medium size ones and was wondering where people got their plans from to build these things?

    I know very very basic carpentry things like "hammer hits nail" and "saw cuts wood" but thats about it [​IMG]

    I am hoping in due time to keep about 12 chooks so will need a coop big enough.

    Can anyone point me in the right direction??

    OH should add that the birds will have a large enclosure as well as over 2acres of garden to roam when all the farm dogs are tied up.

    Nae x
  2. nivtup

    nivtup Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Shelton Washington
    Welcome to BYC

    I cant add a lot, we didn't have plans when we started construction. Just buy lots of wood, nails, screws, hinges, wire etc. and see what you end up with.

    We did a couple of coops from large crates we picked up at an industrial site. They work pretty well, and the price was pretty good. We just had to put a sloped roof on them and cut in a couple of doors and windows.

    Good luck.
  3. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Songster

    Oct 19, 2010
    Montgomery County, TX
    Welcome to BYC! I started with chickens over the summer and the people of BYC have been great. Please visit my BYC Page for my blog links that you may find informative or amusing.
  4. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    Hello [​IMG] from Hesperia,Ca and [​IMG]
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    A warm welcome from an imp in Washington state.

    You came to the right place to talk chicken.

  6. KimberlyJ

    KimberlyJ Songster

    Jun 13, 2010
    [​IMG] from Connecticut, USA!!! Glad to have you here! [​IMG] A group of chooks is called a flock--at least on this side of the *ocean* . As far as coop plans go, keep looking at the coop pages and something will turn up. Some members post their plans on their personal pages..... There are books out there, designs you can download etc. We just purchased a prebuilt shed and added a run. We only have a 1/2 acre in a neighborhood so our chicks can't free range without being supervised. Good Luck!
  7. tcbfan5

    tcbfan5 Songster

    Oct 19, 2008
    [​IMG] from Ks ~ [​IMG]
  8. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    [​IMG] from Mississippi
  9. Cacciatore

    Cacciatore Songster

    Jan 19, 2011
    San Pablo, CA
    Welcome from Northern California. [​IMG]
  10. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.

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