I want to get some chickens!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by doodlemutt, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. doodlemutt

    doodlemutt New Egg

    Apr 15, 2009
    Hi everyone - I'm obviously new here. My daughter (16) and I desperately want to get some chickens! I picked up the poultry regulations for my city today and I have to call them with questions... I'm thinking of building a portable coop: I don't plan on living here much longer and want to be able to take it with me easily, and I'd like to be able to move it around the yard. Anyone have thoughts on this?
  2. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    Hello and [​IMG]

    I think as long as you are allowed to have them and it wouldn't be a problem, I think it is a great idea!
  3. Newchickenmom&kids

    Newchickenmom&kids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2007
    I agree....easy to do with this website!! The ideas are endless!!
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    [​IMG] from Washington.

    You'll get lots of ideas here.

  5. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN
  6. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from S. Florida.
  7. Blue Skys

    Blue Skys Hi Mom!!

    Nov 25, 2008

    If you want to move them around your yard, look at different chicken tractors to get ideas of what might work for y'all!!
  8. applefalls

    applefalls Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Cockeysville, MD
    My advice is to make yourself a chicken tractor that is as lightweight as possible, or one that can easily be disassemled when you move. Also, make sure it will fit in a truck when you go.

    And, by the way, welcome![​IMG]
  9. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    There is a huge amount of info available here, and I hope you will research it.

    You might find it simpler to wait til you move, and build a larger and more permanent coop that you can walk in and store feed, etc. in. I have never had one of those 4' tall type coops, or a chicken tractor, and don't want one. We recently built a coop that is around 8'x12' attached to a yard that is about 75' x 75'. We have 4 hens and 50 young ones around 8 weeks. Some will be processed. Not sure what we will end up with, but we won't be in the position of wanting to get 5 or 10 chickens and not having the space for them. The 4 sq ft for the coop per bird, and 10 sq ft for the run per bird, that is generally presented here, is evidently a minimum to prevent pecking, cannibalism, etc. Chickens in truth like a lot more space than this. They actually prefer to free range -- but then they get taken by predators, in some number.

    Just do some research and be sure of what you want in the end before you start; you could save yourself a lot of money. For example, materials are mostly 8', so building something less than 8'X8' often involves wasted materials. Many who think they want 4 chickens wind up with 25 or 50, or more. Just think it through.

  10. doodlemutt

    doodlemutt New Egg

    Apr 15, 2009
    Thanks everyone, for your warm welcomes! I know I'm going to find lots of help and information here [​IMG] I will be speaking with the Health department today, as it seems impossible to comply with their regulations on my half acre of land. As for waiting until we move... I've been half packed and mentally moved from here for 5 years and it's not happening yet. Between hubby's job, his nearing retirement age, youngest kid in high school, and now the horrible real estate market, I'm not holding my breath. I can always add to my flock once we move and I get my little farm! I'll keep reading!

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