New from Gloucester County, VA

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chrystallace, Mar 22, 2015.

  1. chrystallace

    chrystallace New Egg

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    It's been a long time coming. I have finally gotten hubby used to the idea of having our own coop. He was previously a bona-fide city boy. I finally got him in the country after 10 years of marriage and it has only taken me 2 more years to convince him to have chickens! (Round of applause) I grew up on a small chicken farm (inside and out) and want this experience for my children. We are HUGE animal loveers with two dogs and four cats. I do have a question for the chicken savvy! As I mentioned, we have two "freerange" dogs ;) . We have an invisable fence that spans an acre and were planning on putting the coop well outside of that acre next to our 30×40 garden. I want my new chicken family to be happy and away from my pooches (one is a lab/terrier mix) Sorry, I'm getting long winded here....I have seen a recent post on social media about having free range chickens but still protected from preditors in a chicken wire tunnel of sorts. This tunnel is as long and wide as you wish to make it and I was looking to run it halfway around my huge garden. Has anyone had experience with this? Should I dig down the domed wire for protection and to make sure they can't dig out? (I remember as a childen having one or two chickens that dug a hole in the grounground and squeezed their little bums out.) We do have other preditors out here like Bald Eagles, Bobcats and Foxes. Help! I am planning on getting Araucanas for there great temperaments and long laying season. I am also up for any suggestions on breed of chickens. I have two young children, 9 & 6, and I want them to be hands on. I am even up for having one in the house as a partial indoor pet (had one as a child and loved her so very much!) I want a breed that is layed back and easy going, but still tons of personality! And GO!!
     
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  2. TwoCrows

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

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Are you talking about those Chunnels? Made of wire and the chickens can walk through them around the yard? I have never used these. You might ask around in our Coop and Run Construction forums about this.

    Be very careful with the dogs. Most dogs see chickens as dinner, no matter how sweet the dogs are.

    My yard is full of predators that lurk on the ground and in the skies. So my birds are let out to free range under supervision only and the rest of the time are in a sturdy predator proof run.

    Enjoy this new adventure you are on!! If you have any other questions, feel free to ask around the forums. Welcome to our flock!
     
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  3. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    Hello and Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us. Enjoy your chicken adventure.
     
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  4. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    Hello from a fellow Virginian [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]
    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home!
     
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  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined! :)
     
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  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our community.
     
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  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Definitely be careful with dogs and chickens.
     
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  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to the flock. Actually you have to be careful with dogs AND cats, the both love chickens, but, in the wrong way.
     
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