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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MusicGeibel, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. MusicGeibel

    MusicGeibel New Egg

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    Hello everybody!

    I am a prospective chicken-raiser in the Pittsburgh area. I am in the process of trying to obtain a coop. I would like to start a small flock of four or five chickens. I grew up on a farm and miss the experience of gathering eggs. I want my three little boys to have this experience as well, even though we live in an urban area. I would appreciate any advice you have on how to build or obtain a coop, as well as any advice you have on raising chickens in a small space. Thanks a lot. I look forward to speaking with all of you!

    Thanks,
    Jennifer
     
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Welcome to you Jennifer. A small flock is the best way to start, IMO...you really get to know their personalities that way [​IMG] There's a coop link along the top - take a look through the small coop section to get some ideas. If you have a fenced yard where the chickens can free range for a few hours each day, you can get by with a smaller run. But if they'll be contained most of the time within the coop/run, then build it as large as possible...that's my suggestion. And in Pittsburgh, if possible cover your run, since you guys probably get decent snows... But most importantly, just ENJOY them - they're wonderful animals!
     
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  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  4. flewdacoop

    flewdacoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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  6. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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  8. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member

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    We used free pallets from a local shop... see link below "Hinkel Haus" is our coop! Cheap and easy!! We also converted a dog house that will hold about 4/5... sometimes people just want them off the property and you can find them on craigslist! Goodluck!!

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  9. Macro

    Macro Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome from California!!

    As already suggested, definitely check out the coop design section. They have a ton of stuff in there to check out. And when you start building, you should post pictures!! :D We have quite a few city chicken owners, so I'm sure you'll be able to find someone with information on chickens in small spaces.
     
  10. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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

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