Just an Old Chicken Lady

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Transplantkid, Jan 31, 2017.

  1. Transplantkid

    Transplantkid In the Brooder

    Jan 21, 2017
    Bogalusa, LA
    Hi, I am Sissy Bennett and I currently have 4 hens in my Backyard Coop. After living in the country for 18 years and having chickens all those years, I was missing my fresh eggs and especially socializing with my girls, when my husband and I moved closer to town. So this past year I told my husband I wanted chickens for my birthday. Came home from a trip to New Orleans and there in my backyard was a chicken coop and yard. It's seems small to me, but the coop (Precision) says for up to 7 hens. The yard, enclosed in hardware cloth, is 6x6x7 and currently covered with a tarp. I'm planning on many improvements this spring because in the winter the yard and coop are shaded by the house and the dirt is damp a lot. Want to do the DLM (currently have a thin layer of straw down), and we're planning on building a chicken tractor for daytime use). I hope to find out a lot of information about keeping my girls (Henny, Penny, Buffy & Festus) happy and healthy for years to come! Happy Clucking ~~~~~
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  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC, Sissy! It is such a joy to have chickens back in your life after being away from them for a time!!
    It sounds like you have one of the pre-fab coop setups -- a nice gesture from your husband to be sure, but as you have already noticed, they are horribly inaccurate with their estimation of the appropriate capacity when it comes to the number of birds they should house. Sounds like you are already well on the case of building something a bit more suited to the needs of your birds, there are tons of ideas here on BYC that can help you choose a tractor or other coop that will meet your needs.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice gesture on your husbands part. Those coop companies always say theirs can hold double the number of chickens, when 1/3 less is most likely true capacity. Also they don't hold up well to "real" weather . You could always use it as a quarantine coop or for raising young chicks, broody hens etc.
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us.
  5. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Hi Sissy, it's nice to have you here!
  6. Well its a start, the pre fab coop.... I am sure DH meant well and hopefully you get a couple years out of it while you plan for the replacement!


    Gary from Idyllwild Ca here
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Sissy, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our flock! Great birthday gift from your husband! Best wishes and thank you for joining BYC - peruse the forums and ask any questions that might come up. [​IMG]

  8. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Sissy [​IMG] Welcome!

    Congratulations on your new feathered family. It sounds like you have already discovered the failings of the kit coops but, with a few changes, it should do for a while until you feel the need to upgrade. We battled with one kit coop which became two kit coops joined together and then we gave up on the whole lot and built. However, they served a purpose for a while.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]

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