Howdy ya'll from Mississippi

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Oldpilot, Feb 28, 2016.

  1. Oldpilot

    Oldpilot Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 22, 2016
    I've been reading through this forum for a couple weeks and signed up a few days ago. So much to try to learn and go through, and of course everyone has a different opinion on each topic.

    After several years of talking about getting chickens, we finally are. We have 15 females and 2 males due to arrive this week. Australorps. I have a brooder "box" all set up for them in our fully enclosed back porch.

    The goal of this madness is to get poop for the garden, eggs, and eventually, meat. I plan on a chicken run approx 20' X 20' and would like to have it somewhat easily relocated. How often depends on the birds. I'll be placing the pen on wood chips that have been on our garden spot for almost 2 years.

    My goal is to closely mimick the Back to Eden garden that Paul Gautschi does/has. I've watched the original Back to Eden video, plus the 2014 tour and a 2015 tour. I really think Paul is on to something with this and the chickens are a key part. It don't hurt that he seems to be a Christian, as are we. [​IMG]

    So many problems and challenges on this. For one, this is not for poor people! Good grief the cost of hardware cloth! I'm extremely cautious and scared of snakes. We live in the south where there is a vast variety of Venomous vipers. So far the only snakes I have encountered on the property have been a chicken snake, a pine snake, and a couple of king snakes. The kings are safe from me, unless they harass our birds.

    We do have racoons lurking in the woods and have been seen in the yard a few times. We have coyotes in the area. Armadillos, skunks, Red tailed hawks, owls of some sort, and on and on.

    So, keeping out all the bandits, plus keeping the run/pen semi mobile or at least able to relocate every 3 months or so if needed is proving to be a huge challenge. Not to mention a limited budget of course.

    I like electric fence for the 4 legged critters, but that does nothing to prevent snakes or hawks.
    I like the hardware cloth for snake prevention, but that is expensive. (4 rolls at $82 a roll, then another 100 foot roll of welded 2x4 wire fence for the top.) That's at least $458. Whew!
    Thankfully we do have most of the T posts.
    Also have an IBC tote tank am going to convert into the coop. 40"x48"x48". I should be able to do something with that....?

    So there's my/our intro!
    On to the wood chipper! Work awaits!
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  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! What a fabulous introduction :D Many of us were lurkers before joining up, I managed to be one for a couple of years!! There is always more to learn and here is a great place for it. Wishing you the very best of luck with all your plans, I hope they all turn out well and you keep the predators at bay. Be sure to ask any questions that you may have, everyone here to help and very friendly.

    Enjoy BYC and all the chicken chat :frow
  3. Oldpilot

    Oldpilot Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 22, 2016
    Thank you very much for the warm and friendly welcome. [​IMG]
  4. KeyFlock

    KeyFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2015
    [​IMG] I'm glad you decided to join us!!
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC! The Learning Centre is a great place to start off as it has loads of info on anything chicken. Joining your state thread (just type your state in the search box) will also put you in contact with other BYC members in your area.

    All the best
  7. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    While it can seem that the initial expense is high, those steps you are taking will help you keep from having to replace your flock...that's both a financial loss and an emotional cost. So in the long run you'll be glad you've done what you can to keep your animals safe from the predators (everything likes a chicken dinner).

    Feel free to ask questions if they come up. Also, the Search feature (top left, under the logo) can be a real help in finding information.

    Good luck and have fun!
  8. Oldpilot

    Oldpilot Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 22, 2016
    KeyFloc, BantamFan4Life, CTKen, NorthFLChick

    Thank you for the welcome.

    NorthFLChick, you are so correct on money spent now is money and grief saved later. (An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?) [​IMG]
    Still is painful though having to spend so much just to get started. I keep thinking of how many dozens of eggs all that money would buy. However, I wouldn't get the garden composted, or the veggies I want later on.
    This is all a huge gamble. If those birds knew the pressure that's on them to perform the job....

    Next stop, the chicken tractor thread...
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I totally agree with you on those slithering things ssssssssssssssssssssss. I don't even like to read the name. Anything that causes people to scream like that is not good to have around.

    Early on when I joined BYC, many folks suggested using poultry wire as a perimeter. They would put it out all twisted like a slinky toy, in spirals around the area to protect.
    They claim it was excellent at keep ssssssssssssss out. They would try to crawl through the wire, get tangled up and either die, or be snagged by predators. I know some people have a fit about that. Haters gotta hate, as they say now. But screaming, rapid breathing, and fainting or worse, is not good for humans.

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