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Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Pelican49, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. Pelican49

    Pelican49 Songster

    Jan 26, 2008
    Hi all. I'm Sue and am in Oklahoma. I just joined the forum after spending a couple hours reading posts. What a nice bunch! I've learned a lot already. I especially enjoyed the thread on designing the perfect coop.

    I was laid off work last January after 28 years, but decided to just call it retirement, even though I wasn't ready for that.

    A few months ago I bought a place way out in the country, great place to retire. It's 5 acres right across the road from my daughter's family. (Their idea - honest). The property has a tool shed, feed shed and a run down chicken coop I'm going to remodel. I'll keep the frame, roof and cement floor. Chickens are the first thing I want for my little reitrement "farm". It also has a mobile home on it that isn't worth saving, but it is a good source for materials. I'm going to pull all the panelling out of it for the insides of the out buildings. I'm also going to pull the windows out of the mobile, some for the coop as it has no windows. And it's HOT here in summer.

    I plan on moving to the new place after I sell my current home, which I hope to get on the market by late spring.

    Here's a pic, if I manage to insert it correctly. The coop door faces west. On the far side of the coop is a string of trees and then a field.


    The chicken coop is in the back of the picture. I think the run is way too small and I'm thinking of extending it toward the camera, like up to that clump of 3 trees.

    I'd love my chickens (when I get them) to be able to roam free, but it wouldn't be safe. Besides the wild predators; hawks, owls, coons, possums, skunks and coyotes, there are also marauding groups of abandoned dogs at times. Poor things.

    Their "basketball court" in front I plan on painting with concrete paint and using as patio.

    I just wanted to introduce myself before I start asking a million questions.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2008
  2. line-rat

    line-rat In the Brooder

    Nov 7, 2007
    west central ohio
    Welcome to the maddness;)[​IMG]
  3. hoosierhen

    hoosierhen Songster

    Sep 26, 2007
    Welcome Pelican49. Do you know what breed of chickens you want? Also, are you raising them for eggs or meat?
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Welcome, Sue!
  5. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    Welcome Sue, you will be addicted before you know what happened to you. [​IMG]
    You have a great retirement place.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2008
  6. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
  7. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
  8. Welcome Sue, wow another power woman who isnt afraid to get her hands dirty, you will have a great time there, it looks beautiful, a nice pic too.
    The run would be nice for them if you extend it, however be careful to use strong fencing if you have preds running around.
    Welcome again to our funny farm!
  9. Cheryl

    Cheryl Songster

    Hi Sue and another welcome! How nice to have a property to sprawl out on! You should be able to get all the answers you need here and then some!
  10. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
    welcome aboard!

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