NE Ohio Newbie, Hopeful Chicken Mama

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by QuakerMom, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. QuakerMom

    QuakerMom Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi--

    I'm determined to become a chicken mama SOON. Hubby is on board, but not as obsessed about all things chicken as I'm rapidly getting. And, if I don't figure out the whole coop thing soon and make a decision/start building or buy one, he is going to lose his patience. :)
    The time is right, finally -- i've been wanting chickens for over 5 years -- we bought a house last year and have a small suburban Cleveland yard, but enough room for a garden and 4 x 6 coop plus run, and our kiddos are 1 and 4, which seems like a good age to introduce them to the joys of chickens.

    My stumbling block so far is the whole coop issue.
    Our town is a little picky -- yard buildings need to get approved by the architectural review board first, then permits are required. And we don't have a lot of options for where to place it, given the required 10' setback and our very narrow yard. I don't want to break the bank -- was hoping to do this for around $300. Scouring the internet for plans that look suitable and not too expensive to build -- or alternatively, a used coop for sale in that price range, which seems less likely.

    I already know what kind of hens I'd like to get, but seems like i'm jumping the gun a little, as this coop business might take a while to figure out.

    Looking forward to learning from everyone here, and would especially love to hear from other Ohio BYC'ers.
     
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  3. Dwight1Moore

    Dwight1Moore Out Of The Brooder

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    Welcome to BYC... Hope u get the coop situation figured out soon. What kinda hens are you planning on getting and how many?
     
  4. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]
     
  6. QuakerMom

    QuakerMom Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone!

    I'm thinking of getting some combination of:

    Buff Orpington
    Rhode Island Reds
    Australorp
    and maybe Wyandotte, or Barred Rock

    Wanting to start with 6, but might get 7 chicks just in case...

    I found some coop plans online that just might work, but need to make sure.
     
  7. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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  8. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

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

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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  10. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

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