New and learning in SC

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CBabs, Jan 28, 2015.

  1. CBabs

    CBabs Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone! I've been stalking this site for a few weeks and it's time for me to stop bothering my family with chicken talk. I think they are getting tired of it! Even though my Mother in New England is helping me design my coop.
    We don't have any chickens (yet!) but will be getting 4-5 chicks next spring.
    I'm planning on building an open coop/run that is about 7or8' x 11or12' total and covered with clear plastic paneling to keep the torrential rain out (mostly) and provide a little protection from the brutal sun. I want to use a deep litter system because daily mucking isn't really an option with my growing family. In our .2acre suburban neighborhood free ranging isn't really ideal but I might be able to sneak in an hour or so before sunset some days lol

    Anyone in the area or have experience with deep litter in hot/ humid climates? We can pretty much count on a daily thunderstorm in late summer/ early fall
    Also I'm thinking of getting 2 buff Orpingtons, an olive egger (maybe) and 2 araucanas. Hopefully they are good in the heat! I have been looking for good hot weather and friendly birds, but the two don't seem to go together. My kids will be 4 and 3 and they will be helping take care of the chickens
     
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  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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  3. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

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  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I agree with Mountain Peeps here in that you might try using something else other than deep litter in a hot climate. I use sand. Love it love it LOVE IT! It is very easy to maintain, stays dry when wet, repels flies, absorbs poop smells and the really nice thing is you can hose it down in the hot summer and it keeps the birds really cool. Cool feet mean cooler birds. Take a look at this thread and you can learn more about using sand....
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/444759/got-sand-you-should

    Definitely stop by our learning center as well. Lots of good articles on all the aspects of keeping poultry. Welcome to our flock!
     
  5. matt44644

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