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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by xianshouston, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. xianshouston

    xianshouston In the Brooder

    Feb 8, 2014
    We are getting 15 1 day old chicks (Black sex links) in March through my son's 4-H club. We have talked about getting chickens for probably 7 or 8 years just never have and this seems like a good opportunity to do it. I am still not sure of what set up we are going to use for a coop.

    1. We have a playhouse and a truck cab that we could convert and put in the middle of the run (raised of course). Our run for now is going to be our 10X10 dog kennel. We could make these movable so we could move them around the yard.

    2. OR we could convert one end of our 24x12 shed. The end would give us a coop about 8x12. Feed, etc could be kept in the shed. We would attach the kennel to the shed possibly being able to make a bigger run because the side of the shed could be one side of the run. The biggest problem is it wouldn't be movable.

    Decisions, decisions :) Love all the info on this site. Been reading for a couple of weeks and just now joining.

  2. ChicknsRock

    ChicknsRock Crowing

    Oct 4, 2013
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! If you go with the 10x10 that is tight for what is usually recommended for 15 chickens, you'd also need to move it pretty often or the hens would tear up the grass in a couple of days... would you be able to free range at all or other fencing? The BYC Learning Center has a couple of articles on coops vs tractors
  4. xianshouston

    xianshouston In the Brooder

    Feb 8, 2014
    We can't free range where we live. In the fall we will be going down to only 12 chickens and maybe fewer as we will have to sell any roosters. This would just be a starting point for us using things we already have. We can extend the run at a later date once we are for sure we are going to keep raising chickens.

  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  6. Highcotton

    Highcotton Southern Chickens

    Mar 18, 2013
    Welcome to BYC. I have a 4X8 coop with an 8X16 run for 15 birds that is enough for that many chickens.

  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop

    I would go as big as you can. I started with a small coop and the birds were getting frost bite in the combs, it seemed to small and I was sorry we didn't go bigger. So I vote for the converted shed. [​IMG] You can store things in there, you can walk in easy, just easy over all. If this play house is plastic, it is going to sweat. And the birds will not be comfortable in hot or cold weather...too hot in the summer, frost bite in the winter.

    You might want to take a look at our coop section here on BYC so you can see in advance what you might be dealing with if you went with the shed or playhouse....

    Good luck in all your poultry adventures!
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you. Good luck with your chicks!

  9. Welcome to BYC from Southern California! [​IMG]

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