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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by tjcole50, Feb 25, 2015.

  1. tjcole50

    tjcole50 Hatching

    Feb 25, 2015
    Hello everyone. There is a ton of reading to be done. My wife and I are on 2 acres andI figure it's time to put some spare land to use. I am very busy since I do hest 24/7 with firewood and tend to work overtime when available. But we literally eat eggs twice daily. So why not produce our own! We live out in the country but do have neighbors. I'm going to try and upload a pic of an over view of our property to see where u guys would maybe place the coop/run/or paddock
    Honestly it's a bit over welming. Could anyone point me in a direction as far as how many birds/coop size/run size/ newbie tips.
    currently to the right of the detached builidng is where I dump and split my firewood. It will also be getting a storage building and firewood sheds built as well. I was thinking to the left of the pond near the dock. Any advice greatly appreciated
    Red-possible coop areas
    also any issue with pond water as their water source? Clean maintained pond no chemicals tho as of now
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2015

  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! You have some great plans there. I would personally start off with a few chickens. Maybe 4-6 that way you can get a feel for chicken keeping and then add more as you get more experience. As for where to put your coop and run, I can't see very well on the pic but I would reccomend putting where you think it would be safest from predators. I don't think I would use the pond water for the water source. I think you would be better with proper chicken waterers that you can keep totally clean and they can have fresh regular then. Contaminated water can cause all sorts of problems.
    Here is a nice section of the learning centre on getting started

    Wishing you the very best of luck with your new chicken adventure. Be sure to ask any questions you may have, everyone here to help and very friendly. Enjoy BYC and all the chicken chat :frow
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens. Glad you joined the flock.
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] You property looks lovely, judging by the pic. I second the predator advice. They can be a major hassle, but easily managed with a few precautionary steps. If you go through the Learning Center, under "Maintaining a Healthy Flock" you will find articles on the most common predators and pests and how to protect your flock:

    For coop and run plans and ideas, check out the Coops section:

    And forum section:

    And for help picking a breed, space requirements in the coop and run and loads more great info, browse through our Learning Center:

    Enjoy the site and your new venture!
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  5. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Crowing

    Jun 9, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    Hello [​IMG] and Welcome To BYC! [​IMG]
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our community.
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!

  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"
  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Awesome advice and links from Yorkshire Coop and Sumi.

    Good luck to you!

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