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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by blwells45, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. blwells45

    blwells45 In the Brooder

    Mar 23, 2013
    Upstate NY
    Hey folks,

    I'm new to the board but not new to raising chickens. My grandfather has always had chickens so I've been around them my entire life. In the last 6 years, as he has gotten older, I have taken a more active role in raising them. However, we have kept the chickens at his place where he has a large coop and several large outdoor runs. It has been a blessing to learn from him over the last several years. However, due to recent health issues (he's almost 90) he has decided that he can no longer live alone so this summer, we'll be putting his place up for sale. Which means that I've got some serious decisions to make. I either need to find/build/create a coop and run for my chickens at my house. Or, get out of the business for awhile. Currently, at my house, my only existing option to use as a coop is a vinyl shed that was on the property when I bought the place. The floor is rotted out, so I'd need to tear it down, replace the floor (i'd probably relocate it anyhow) and then rebuild it. However, the shed has no windows, so, I'd have to do some modifications to the structure. And, since we're in the Northeast, I'm afraid that making modifications such as vents and windows will weaken the structure so that it won't withstand the snow.

    My dream is to build/buy a 12X28 shed. Separate it into two 12X10 areas (screen between the two) and then have an 12x8 area for feed, bedding, etc. as well as garden tractor and implements. However, like everyone else, $$ is tight. So, right now, that is kind of out of the question. I've looked at maybe buying a prefab "Amish made" coop, but I'd have to reduce the size of my operation. And, I don't know that I'd have the facilities to do as we've done in the past (rotating our flock out every year).

    So, those decisions are what brought me here. I've been looking at (and drooling over) coop designs for days. I've been learning about new/different ways of doing things. Anyhow, I figured I'd like to become more than just a lurker and look forward to getting to know people.

    Currently, our flock is breed specific. Last year I moved to Buff Orpingtons and have been VERY happy with them. I love their docile, friendly personalities. And they are AWESOME layers. Currently, we have 19 hens and one rooster.

    Last edited: Mar 23, 2013


    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing Premium Member

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!! [​IMG] Glad you joined us!! [​IMG]
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Brian, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined our community! Hope you can make some good things happen at your house to get some chickens. Can you go smaller than your dream - maybe even use some of what your grandfather has existing out at this place to build a smaller temporary set up - until you go can big? Hope it works out for you!
  5. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    [​IMG] from New Mexico!

    Glad to have you aboard and enjoy BYC!

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