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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by garnan, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. garnan

    garnan New Egg

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    Hi this is garnan.
    I'm Gary the 'gar' part, my wife is Nancy - the other half. This is the first time I have been on a forum of any kind. I hope this will help us as I am new to keeping chickens. Some friends of ours are moving to Northwest Arkansas and asked if we would like a few chickens to remember them by. So we couldn't hurt their feeling and said yes. That was the easy part. Now we have to prepare a place for them. We have a 16' by 20' barn in the back of our lot with a 17' by 20' space next to it that's not being used. The coup will be attached to the barn. I figure an 4" by 8" coup should be large enough for 6 chickens (We can only have 6 in town.) and the coup will be in the 17' by 20' yard. My concern is the gound. There was a lot of trash, broken glass, rotten wood, poison ivy and peeling paint. I have cleaned it up but I couldn't get everything. The barn has not been painted on that side for a least 15 years and the paint is in bad shape. I am going to put down a tarp ( to catch the paint chips )and scrape it good and repaint. If the old paint has lead in it how can it affect a chicken or their eggs? I also have alot of leaves I can spread over the ground. Will this help? - Thanks for any comments - Gary.
     
  2. SunnyDawn

    SunnyDawn Sun Lovin' Lizard

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    Hi Gary and Nancy! Welcome to BYC! [​IMG] Unfortunately chickens are very good at digging. They will make holes every where that they use for "dusting". It's the way they keep parasites in control. Lead paint would be a big no no since it can cause the same kinds of problems in chickens as it does in people except they are much smaller so a little lead paint can cause huge problems including death! Sorry to be a downer but a good scraping over a tarp followed up by a lead free primer and outdoor paint to cover any remaining paint would be a great idea.
    When my DH and I built our coop we had the same problem with a lot of junk in the dirt. We rented a small skip loader and scraped 6" of dirt and junk out of their area and replaced it with DG. It was a huge time/labor saver. Good luck with your new chickens and yes a 4'x8' coop is fine for 6 chickens (4 inches by 8 inches is however a little snug [​IMG] sorry I couldn't resist [​IMG]).
    Don't worry, you'll get a lot of help here at BYC! [​IMG]
     
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  3. Farmer Benjii

    Farmer Benjii Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

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  5. michelle1017

    michelle1017 Goat Mama

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    [​IMG] From a fellow Missourian!
     
  6. S&N Livestock

    S&N Livestock Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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  8. ozark hen

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    Welcome to fellow Missourian. I must say welcome to Farmer Benji, too. FB, you are quite ..errrr..enthusiatic? [​IMG]
     
  9. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

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  10. ThePamperedPullet

    ThePamperedPullet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC from The Pampered Pullets Farm in North Central Florida
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