New member, new to chickens! (Delaware)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by h2oAPBTs, Mar 21, 2018.

  1. h2oAPBTs

    h2oAPBTs In the Brooder

    Mar 21, 2018
    I picked up 10 lovely Australorp pullets at TSC 3.5 weeks ago. I've been lurking here since. You guys have really filled your forum with plenty of useful information! I'm in the process of deciding on a coop design to build, as they are growing quickly!! I think I've nailed it down, until I find another design I like. :D

    We're "battling" the presence of 3 household dogs, (terriers, of course!) and 5 kiddos of varying ages, plus varmints like foxes, 'yotes, black rat snakes, aerial predators, and coons! I plan to free range a few times a week, but we have to pen all the dogs up to do so, so that's a hassle and a half right there! I need a coop that can withstand the critters, and still provide enough room for them to be "cooped" up through the week.

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  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to BYC 3 terriers are enough to control without having to worry about 5 kiddos, varmints, etc. I would really forget about free ranging . Instead build your chickens a big enough run that is predator proofed from top to bottom and with a top, to keep out climber and raptors.

    Otherwise, sooner or later someone lets the dogs loose while the chickens are out = no more chickens. Chickens can really survive being in a run. Give them things to do, like a big dust bathing spot. Some real tree branches to make a roost in the run. Things to play with, like balls, blocks of wood to climb, now and then dump a shovel full of dirt/weeds in the run and they will be happy.
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  3. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
    Hello and welcome to BYC. I agree with the sentiments of D/Diva.

    You can use this link to contact members in your area - Find Your State Thread

    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
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  4. h2oAPBTs

    h2oAPBTs In the Brooder

    Mar 21, 2018
    We're leaning towards a larger chicken tractor, at this point. Do folks often have both a tractor and a regular coop they rotate the birds through? We have a run-in shed now that was for goats from the previous property owners, that could easily be converted into a coop. I worry rotation would have a negative effect on egg production with all the moving. Also, 4 of our "pullets" appear to be roos, due to their larger peacombs, big feet, and gregarious nature, though I understand that's not 100% reliable. So, that leaves us with maybe 6-7 pullets to house... but of course I would love to add some Americaunas for some colorful eggs... lol
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  5. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams

    G’Day from down under h2oAPBTs :frow Welcome and Congratulations! :clap

    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.

    Including your general location on your profile will assist others. Location, climate, season etc can be important factors when members are responding to any questions you may have and vice versa.

    BYC has Topic of the Week discussions which I have found to be a great resource, informative and sometimes entertaining; so definitely worth checking out. These two in particular may be of interest to you:
    Topic of the Week - Keeping the Flock Safe from Predators
    Topic of the Week - Dogs and chickens

    If you would like to share Pictures and Stories of your flock or other critters, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out
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  6. Chickens_4Life

    Chickens_4Life Chirping

    Mar 19, 2018
    Make sure there is no space for animals to dig under and make sure snakes can’t get in.
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  7. Chasingcars

    Chasingcars Songster

    Sep 15, 2017
    Derbyshire , England
    It’s amazing how different the potential predators are here in rural England..virtually non existent compared to the trials youre facing :eek: lazy bulldog who the chickens boss foxes ( they’re all in the city) just the occasional rat hole spotted and dealt with..had a mink kill a few once...but blimey I feel I have it easy!
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  8. R3bauer

    R3bauer Songster

    Nov 9, 2013
    Dubuque, Iowa
    :welcome Welcome! I live in a wooded area and must deal with predators too. I have resigned myself to the fact that I cannot free range. However, I am going to built a hoop run from cattle panels. Again welcome!
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  9. Joeschooks

    Joeschooks Just clucking around

    Feb 7, 2018
    Hampshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hello and :welcome
    There certainly are plenty of friendly and helpful folks here. I hope you enjoy the site and find it a valuable resource. Good luck with your pullets.
    Yep, we have LOADS of foxes here. We're sort of on the outskirts of a small town in Hampshire :thumbsup Plenty of food for them around here (but my chickens are off the menu!)
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  10. Chasingcars

    Chasingcars Songster

    Sep 15, 2017
    Derbyshire , England
    Gave my daughter two Orpington’s in Leicester...lasted 2 weeks in an omlet ‘Fox proof’ guessed got them! Here in the derbyshire country it’s pretty problem free ...locked up at night but free range openly all day :fl
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