1. SoyBean

    SoyBean Out Of The Brooder

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    I posted before about possible wanting to keep chickens (illegally) in my backyard. I measured the space but I think a picture would serve me better here. This is how much space I have to work with. You can see how much "grass area" I have and how much concrete there is. The fence is roughly 6' high.

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    Here is another angle, and in this image you can see the dog crate I was hoping to convert into a coop. Thats gives you an idea of the size. I was planning on building a "box" around it with windows and such and fix it up kind of like the eglu that is available online. Then attach wire fencing to it to make a run.

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    Last edited: May 25, 2008
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    You could do a small raised hen house in the very corner with an "L" shaped run extended a few feet toward the opening and several more feet down the other wall making a run in both directions from the corner. 3 hens. [​IMG] And I won't tell anyone they are there [​IMG]
     
  3. 5peeps

    5peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. SoyBean

    SoyBean Out Of The Brooder

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    I can't remember the size of the yard now, but the area to the left is somewhere around 14-15 feet long and about 2-3 feet wide.
     
  5. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2007
    Connecticut
    Check out the small tractors on here. And get yourself some bantams!
     
  6. SoyBean

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    Are Bantams good at egg laying?
     
  7. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
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    Quote:I think they may lay less and the eggs are smaller... but they're quieter, which is good for a chicken 'outlaw'. [​IMG]
     
  8. SoyBean

    SoyBean Out Of The Brooder

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    Quiet is definitely a quality I need in a chicken. On a scale of 1-10, (1 being no noise whatsoever and 10 being a non-stop crowing rooster) how would you rate a bantam?

    I still need to ok the keeping of chickens with my fiance, and I've got my fingers crossed. My fiance has basically said yes but I want to make sure that everyone is on the same page and my fiance is willing to take care of them in the case I am unable (sick, injured, ect)
     
  9. gardener

    gardener Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have three bantams and 11 full size hens but not for long. The bantams keep my wife and I stocked with eggs and we just sell all the full size eggs to friends at work.
     
  10. SoyBean

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    We'd only need enough eggs for two people, and I can always give any extras to my grandmother and mother. (My grandmother eats eggs just about every day.)
     

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