Howdy From Texas . . .

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by TexasWineGuy, Jun 15, 2019.

  1. TexasWineGuy

    TexasWineGuy Chirping

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    Howdy All,

    Juts got registered here - due to my crazy brother giving my 10 year old daughter her birthday present today - a "Red Bark II" chicken coop & run. Yeah. Seriously.

    He's fairly new to chickens also, maybe 6 months. His first 7 hens got eaten during the daytime hours, most likely by a Bobcat or Fox. We're NW of the Houston area in a fairly rural area.

    My daughter and I have been DISCUSSING the possibility of getting a few hens at some point, so it looks like my brother just accelerated that notion. I'll be assembling the coop in the next day or two, but I absolutely do want to build a decent sized run, as I don't believe in keeping the animals, - that cooped up. The packaging on the Red Barn II say this can house 5-7 hens, which I think is abuse.

    My brother is going to give us 2 or 3 young (~4 months old) Americana hens to get us started.

    We have a LOT to learn about these critters, but are really looking forward to the amazing quality of "farm" eggs that we used to get from my brother. I can hardly eat the store bought ones anymore after being "ruined" by my brother's eggs.

    So, soon we assembly the Coop, then I need to get started on some type of Run design, but it's got to have some netting (or other cover) on the top so the wild predators don't eat our hens.

    I also need to get a better understanding on their feed, as the opinions out there on the web are wide an greatly varied on feeding.

    Please feel free to throw suggestions at us to help with this endeavor.

    Thanks for any help.

    TWG
     
  2. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    Welcome to BYC!

    Double check the measurements of your coop...you should have at least 4 square feet per bird on the inside part.
     
  3. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

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    Howdy :frow and Welcome to Backyard Chickens.

    Happy :ya to have you here with us. Enjoy your time here at BYC!
    You might like to check out the Texas thread, over on the "Where am I, Where are you!" forum. Here's a link to the thread:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/texas.44/unread

    Thanks for joining our community! :celebrate
     
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  4. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    Welcome to Backyard Chickens as said before 4 square feet per bird in the coop then chicken math takes over :gig:wee
     
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  5. Leahs Coop

    Leahs Coop Free Ranging

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    Hello,:frow and a warm welcome to Backyard Chickens! It's great to have you here with us!
     
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  6. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio

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    Welcome to BYC! We're glad you decided to join our wonderful community! :welcome
     
  7. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
     
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  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Welcome to Backyard Chickens, the pulse beat of the chicken community :jumpy:jumpy
     
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  9. ocap

    ocap Crowing

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    welcome !!!
    do an internet search on electric fencing that keeps out coyotes, that fence will keep your neighbors dogs "happy" and "healthy".
     
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  10. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Enabler

    Hello, and welcome! Glad that you joined! Good luck with your future flock! I think that when those fabricated coops say hold 5 to 7, they mean the smaller chicken breed's. The larger the breed of the chicken is, the more room that it need's.
     

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