Howdy All from the Arizona Desert

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CircleStarRanch, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. CircleStarRanch

    CircleStarRanch New Egg

    Oct 5, 2015
    Tonopah, AZ, USA
    I am not new to poultry raising, just new to this forum. My wife and I homestead about 50 miles out into the desert west of Phoenix, AZ. We currently have 13 laying hens and a rooster and 7 guinea fowl (mix of M&F) - all free-range during the day, penned up at night. We have 24 new Red Ranger broiler chicks still in the brooder but will have their own shelter and night pen after they feather out. We also have a Heritage Red Bourbon Turkey trio who have their own 12' x 30' pen & coop. We also have meat and dairy goats, meat rabbits, honey bees, a horse, a rescued Sonoran Desert Tortoise, and three large dogs. My wife cares for the poultry and bunny parts of our operation.

    Our experiences are no doubt much different than most here. Both chicken coops and the turkey shelter are open on one side into their respective pens. The turkeys' pen is on the opposite side of our property from the chickens. The chicken coop and run shares an area adjoining the goat barn, where the chick brooder is set up. We incubate and hatch some of our own chicks in the spring. We just completed the new turkey run and can post pics if any wish to see. Instead of netting the top of the run, we used mesh shade cloth. Providing shade and water out here are our first priorities for all the livestock and poultry. Our temps are finally out of the 100's so this is a busy time of year for us.

    I look forward to reading and maybe contributing to the various threads here.

  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Sounds like you have a wonderful set up! If you can get away with an "open air" coop, go for it. Birds are way healthier if the air can move!

    Yes, desert dwellers do have quite the time keeping poultry cool. Stop by your state thread and chat with your chicken neighbors as well to see what they are up to these days...

    Make yourself at home here and if you have any questions about anything, feel free to ask around the forums.

    Welcome to our flock!
  3. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    Hello Dutch,

    [​IMG] so glad you decided to join us.

    My grandfather had a similar coop in South Georgia - 3 walls and totally open on the run side.

    Enjoy the forums, hope you share your experience.
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. AnimalsRmyLife

    AnimalsRmyLife Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2013

    Hope you continue to have a wonderful time here! We're glad to have you join us!
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Hi Dutch, nice to meet you. Sounds like you have a very well thought out and running establishment going on. [​IMG]
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC, Dutch. Glad you decided to join our flock. I'd love to see some pics of your place. :eek:) If you haven't done so already, definitely check out our Learning Center at There is loads of useful information there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
  8. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!


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