Just starting in the backyard

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by BradandJoan, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. BradandJoan

    BradandJoan New Egg

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    I have an 8'x12' shed that I don't really use any longer. I've been getting my eggs from a friend who has raised his own chickens and eggs for years. He's my former father-in-law so I would feel somewhat imposing to get the whole scoop from me (though he's a great guy). My wife and I need to start converting the shed, getting the chicks and go for it. I have no idea where to begin. Need all the help I can get - Thanks!
     
  2. maidenwolfx80

    maidenwolfx80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC.[​IMG]
    Well the first step is to make that shed into a coop. This is a simple task. Put in roosts about 2-3 ft off the ground, mine are about 3 ft, add nest areas, could be a 5 gallon bucket on its side, or a flat backed bucket, you can get them at orschelens, sitting up and filled with stray. 1 nest per 4 hens is enough. I converted the bottom of an entertainment center into 4 nesting boxes and one of the cat litter boxes with the top that fits on it.
    Feeders- I made some out of an old pvc pipe with a slot cut in the top, soup cans shoved in the ends and screwed in and put on legs. Waterers- I bought gallon waterers at orschelens for $5
    Straw for litter but you can use wood chips or dried leaves
    If you are starting from chicks you will need to set up a brooder for them inside with a heat lamp and a small water dish with marbles in the bottom so they dont drown and a small feeder.
    What am I missing?? Or do you have any questions?
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, BradandJoan, and [​IMG]! Great to have you here. BYC is a great place to start. I would advice visiting the link below to learn about the basic needs of chickens in terms of feed, water, and housing. Good luck to you!!

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/
     
  4. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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    Welcome to BYC :) Glad you joined.
     
  5. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your 8x12 shed will make a nice sized coop.
    You've certainly come to the right place to gather information!!
    Read as much as you can on the coop building forum as well as the chicken raising forum.
    Good luck and keep us posted on your progress!!
     
  6. chickenpooplady

    chickenpooplady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from Highland County Ohio and God Bless!!!
     
  7. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  8. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from washington state glad you joined us!
     
  9. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  10. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello and welcome from Ohio....so glad you joined us
     

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