Is my yard suitable?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Ocean_Mama, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. Ocean_Mama

    Ocean_Mama New Egg

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    We have a rather small backyard and I was wondering if it is suitable for chickens (2-3). Its is only about 1000 sq feet.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. GraceAK

    GraceAK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, thats definitely big enough even for like, 20 chickens if you wanted to. go wild! ;D
     
  3. SOchick

    SOchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yep- plenty of room!
     
  4. Sam The Yam

    Sam The Yam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sure, give them a little roaming space, a nest box, and protection from the elements and predators and you will be fine. Good luck!
     
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Since they are social animals, I'd recommend three instead of two in case something happens to one of them.

    In answer to your specific question, it depends on how your yard is fenced. They will not stay in that area unless they are fenced in. If it is fenced, they will do great in there. They will eat almost any vegtables you try to grow, scratch the mulch away from any plant they can get to, create bare areas especially to dust bathe in, and drop "fertilizer" in all the inconvenient spots, but they will love that much space. Just be prepared t fence off any area you don't want them to get to.

    It may sound like I'm being negative. I'm really not but I want you prepared for what will happen. It can be a great experience.
     
  6. kcsunshine

    kcsunshine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG]. Ridgerunner is right - be prepared do step around their "offerings". But, you'll love watching their antics.
     
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  7. Ocean_Mama

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    Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  8. LizFM

    LizFM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Find out your city laws. Some cities have laws that say a coop must be a certain distance from the neighbor's buildings or your own property line. It's possible that your yard (depending on dimensions) might not technically allow the city law requirements.
     

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