Just completed first coop

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CentralVALiving, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. CentralVALiving

    CentralVALiving New Egg

    Mar 19, 2016
    Central Virginia
    Hello all,

    Our neighbor has raised chickens his entire life and can no longer care for them. He asked if we would adopt them. My wife and I converted a third if our large shed into a coop and used the covered porch area for a run. We completed the coop today and just moved the ladies into their new home. We have been caring for the chickens for the past month and love the simple goodness of this lifestyle (not to mention the wonderful eggs that the girls give us).

    Here are a couple pictures from move-in day.

    Thanks for all of the helpful tips!

  2. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Nice gesture on the part of your neighbor and good job on their new home! Don't be too concerned if the chicken's egg production drops for a week or two as moving is stressful to them. They'll get used to things quickly and get back on track.

    Thanks for joining us!
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you seem to have done a good job on your coop / run.

    The Learning Centre is a great resource, even for experienced chicken keepers - loads of info on anything chicken. https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Joining your state thread will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area, which can be helpful (just type the name of your state in the search box).

    All the best
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    The only thing I would suggest is you use 1/2" hardware cloth attached securely to your fenced area. The fencing you have allows enough room for some predators to get in. In the case of raccoons, they love to reach thru fencing and bite off any body part they can reach. Chickens tend to lay up against fences and this is not a bright move on their part.
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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

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