New member from Ne

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mnyabi96, Feb 6, 2017.

  1. mnyabi96

    mnyabi96 New Egg

    Feb 6, 2017
    I am new to the forum I currently don't have any chickens but if everything goes as planned I will by this time next year. I am trying to do as much research as possible so I can be prepared for what I am getting into. I live in Nebraska and have a lot of questions on coops and runs. I quickly realized its cheaper and probably better to build my own coop and run so I can give them a large safe space to roam. I am having a lot of problems coming up with how to do so since we have relatively warm summer normally high 80's low 90's and cold winters with an average of around 20 to 30 degrees that drop below freezing at night. What are some ways I can make a coop that would keep them warm in the winter but cool in the summer?
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hello and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us.

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - People there should be able to give you some sound advice re: coop construction. The Coops and Runs forum is another place to consider, as is the Coops section.

    All the best
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas and :welcome! It's great to have you aboard! You are wise to do the research you are doing up front before you get your birds. It can eliminate a lot of frustration later! Most people who live where they have both hot summers and cold winters worry more about the winters. In reality, chickens handle cold better than heat. My birds coop is metal and uninsulated and they do just fine. We touched -14 actual temperature one in day in December a couple months ago. As long as the coop isn't drafty but still has some ventilation, they will be fine in the winter. In the summer time, particularly when it is humid, do what you can to give your birds shade, access to breeze, and fresh water. They will be just fine and dandy! - 80's and 90's is nothing to a chicken. The Learning Center is a great resource to check out - it will answer most of the questions you have or ever will have...but the friendly folks here at BYC are always around if you need them.
    Also, If you want to ever chat with othe cornhuskers, you can find the NE thread in this link:
    Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC!
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Oops, CTKen beat me to it! :p
  5. N F C

    N F C home again! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Thanks for joining us!
  6. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello there, and welcome to the flock! Thanks for joining us at BYC, please pull up a chair and make yourself at home! I hope you enjoy yourself here as much as I have! :frow

  7. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under mnyabi96 [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received some great links and tips, I will just send you best wishes and wish you good luck with the flock when they arrive … very exciting!

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture

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