I introduced myself yesterday.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Thamasin, Jun 17, 2016.

  1. Thamasin

    Thamasin Just Hatched

    Jun 15, 2016
    Grand Isle, Vermont
    This seems like a safe place to ask questions. If not, tell me where to go. (Well, no, not really)

    If I search for a topic, I get threads that are ancient. I just don't have time to read every single post to find out if my question is redundant. So, just ask away?

    I posted a few links to photos yesterday in the coop construction forum. Did I get no answers to my question because you guys don't want to tell me that I'm nuts? I was hoping for a bit of advice before I move forward with this. I could probably sell that van, and put $500 bucks in my pocket, but I think it will be awesome. Curious why someone else hasn't done something similar, and that concerns me.

    I also posted a question about how I should anticipate thinning out the flock come winter. Right now I have 10 asst. "heavy breeds" that I got at the local feed store. I have 20 new chicks coming next week. 15 straight run cochins, 3 Whiting Blue, and the mystery chick.

    I got the cochins because I love them. I heard the hens are very broody, and the roosters aren't that feisty. My plan is to keep 12 of the girls that are good layers, 3 hen cochins, and my favorite cochin rooster, going into the winter. Which leads me to my next question. Will I get babies? Will the female cochins be too heavy to sit on the nests?

    Sorry for rambling. The coop in the van idea is what I would love some input on. Also, if it's okay to start a new thread without reading through years of archives.
  2. Jucodeo

    Jucodeo The Sky is Falling!

    It is definitely ok for you to start a thread whenever you want. They are free and you can post on them as long as what you are posting is logical. Judging by your answers it takes a while to get people to answer sometimes. I would recommend posting them on popular threads. It can take time, but eventually you will get some answers. You should definitely use the Coop forum for your first question and your next questions would be good to post in our managing flock forum here. https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/2/managing-your-flock there you should get a answer fairly quickly. I hope you get answers soon and enjoy your time here on BYC!
    Justin [​IMG]
  3. 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]

    I agree with Jucodeo here, many times if you can't find an answer than start a new thread. And yes, it can take a while for an answer, not everybody has an answer to your questions. I have asked many questions myself in a new thread and nobody responded either. LOL The nature of forums. BUT...definitely start a thread and hope for the best. Nearly every question has been asked 4,000 times here on BYC...so whats another thread! Ha!

    Good luck with your projects. Sometimes you have to do things trial and error so to speak. Some things work for one but not for the other.

    Welcome to our flock! :)
  4. uncertainty

    uncertainty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2015
    Great White North
    Hi; glad you are here on BYC. I am a newbie, my first flock is 6 weeks old. As a result I am more of an advice-receiver, as opposed to an advice-transmitter. One thing I have found useful is to participate on threads that are tied to my area geographically. I live in Alberta and found a member on "Alberta Chicken Freaks" who lives about an hour away from me. He has been really generous with his time and given me loads of pointers for the conditions in my area. I hope this is helpful. Good luck on you coop creation!!
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I think you are asking about converting a van into a coop. I've seen many examples of people using various vehicles as coops, old school buses, caboose, campers etc. Have you tried "van conversion to coop," in the search box - something may pop up.

    Personally I would spend the money and have a real life chicken coop that would be comfortable for them , safe, from predators- than try to modify something into a coop and hope the chickens will adjust.
  6. Jucodeo

    Jucodeo The Sky is Falling!

    Yes to go along with drumstick diva the best option is to get the cheapest coop you can get and make sure it is up to these codes...
    Enough room
    Easy access
    From there you can upgrade your coop and put some stuff like more room, extensions, and a run for outside so they can graze broader area. The more you upgrade your coop the bigger your flock gets!
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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

    Frindizzle Guitar Girl <3 Premium Member

    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
  9. Chicken Egg 17

    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2015
    McVeytown PA
    Hi and welcome to BYC I am glad you could join us!

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