New Member and to backyard Chickens

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

  1. kcardullo

    kcardullo New Egg

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    Hi My name is Kristie and my 7 year old son and I are going to build a coop this spring and convert our Gazebo into a chicken yard. We just ordered our baby chicks from our local Farmers Exchange. They arrive in May. We got 3 Golden Comets and 3 New Hampshire Reds. I have my brooder set up and all my supplies for their arrival. We have a 12 year old Boston Terrier Mix and a Golden Retriever 10 month old. So protection is high priority as I am not sure how the puppy will react. I have been looking at Hardware Cloth. It says to bury a foot deep under the soil for digging critters. So far that is my plan. We are working on our design now. I know I want a slide out tray for cleaning the coop. Any other tips I should know about while designing my coop?
    Thank you,
    Kristie
     
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC - what a wonderful project to take on with your son, there is something about kids and chickens!
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined! :)
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  6. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Loving the Autumn Weather Premium Member

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    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]
    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home!
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome, Kristie! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our community.

    You've picked out two nice breeds that should lay very well for you! The Learning Center is a great place to start learning about chickens.[​IMG]
     
  8. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    [​IMG] So glad you joined us.

    Wish I had your gazebo….I can imagine it will be hen haven.

    Good luck with your plans. Sounds like you have already done your research to get prepared.

    Feel free to ask questions, post any concerns you have. We're here to help.

    Best to use the hardware cloth to cover all exposed areas of the coop/run to keep the predators out. Around the foundation of all, extend out 2 feet and tamper dirt over and cover that with heavy stepping stones or dirt.

    IMO don't trust your dogs around chicks or chickens.

    Good luck on your great new adventure.
     
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     

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