New Member Looking to get started

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by weygowega, Nov 16, 2019.

  1. weygowega

    weygowega In the Brooder

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    Hello all. I am new to chickens and have yet to build a coop. I am looking for as much information on building as I can before I actually build. I am especially concerned about predator security and extreme cold in the winter months, which now apparently includes October. I live in the sticks in central WI, so we have bear, wolf, bobcats, fox, etc. and a lot of yotes. Our coop will quite literally be in the woods, so I want to make sure I do what I can to protect them.

    I am interested in raising chickens for both egg laying and meat. I plan on starting with the egg birds and possibly adding meat birds in the future. I want to raise chickens to become a little more self sufficient and to teach our children responsibility and so that they are more self sufficient in the future.

    Other hobbies include woodburning, hiking, kayaking, camping. We have two dogs, who will hopefully protect the birds more than terrorize, and two cats. I found this site while researching coop building.
     
  2. FortCluck

    FortCluck Free Ranging

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  3. ValerieJ

    ValerieJ Crossing the Road

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    Hi! :frow Welcome to BYC!
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Raven steals Christmas

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! :frow


    Definitely stop by our Learning Center, lots of great articles on building coops and getting started... https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/

    If you still have questions, feel free to ask around the forums, we are all ears!

    Pull up a roost bar, we saved a spot for you. :)
     
  5. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    BullChick Enslaved by a Duckling

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    TheChiggens Cluckmazing!

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    WELCOME!!!!
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  8. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Cyprinus carpio

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    Welcome to BYC! We're glad you decided to join our wonderful community! :welcome
     
  9. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    You are off the right start by researching the right coop for your environment and THEN getting the chickens. It is good to teach your children where their food comes from and to have respect for the creatures that provide food for them.
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Putting a coop up in the woods, where all the wild things are- means it has to be as well protected as Ft.Knox. Please check out the predator threads for advice on keeping them at bay or eliminating them.
     

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