New here from MD

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by roady, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. roady

    roady Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,

    I am new here from the Eastern Shore of MD. Have been reading here for the last couple of months and decided on signing up today. I have agreed to get a some chickens for eggs and something for my daughter to do. She is 12 right now and is very excited to get them.

    I am still undecided on the coop design right now and could probably use some suggestions. We have 10 acres of land and do have some predators around here. I have seen fox, racoons, skunks, and hawks. I would like to get around 5-8 hens and also would like to get a the same amount of guinea fowl. Can I keep them together in the same coop?

    I will probably do something more permanent with a run so they have a place to move around while we are at work and school. But when we are home I would let them free range so we can keep an eye on them. Sometimes we are gone for long weekends can they take care of themselves for a weekend as long as we have the food and water situation figured out?

    Thanks and I am sure there will be many more questions.
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, roady, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! The great thing about coops is that no matter how elaborate or how simple, the chickens will appreciate it and never know the difference. I would only advise making it bigger than you think you need. You may want to add more some day. Coops are recommended to be 4 sq. ft/bird. I don't know what guineas require. I also don't know if guineas and chickens are good to raise together. You might post in the guinea thread below. Good luck to you!!

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/9/coop-run-design-construction-maintenance
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG]glad you decided to come aboard
     
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    belwelch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC from Ky
     
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    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
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    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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