New Member...Newbie to chickens...New Yorker in Tennessee

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Sevanson Woods, Mar 29, 2016.

  1. Sevanson Woods

    Sevanson Woods Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello....Am from western & upstate NY, living at the edge of a forest in Western Tennessee (just north of Memphis) & New to BYC & a newbie to chickens too. So far, have 4 buff orpingtons, 2 Australorps, & a few unknown bantams (couldn't resist:) that are about 10 days old, & So far thriving! Brooder in small bathroom at 95 (now 90 degrees), medicated feed, 1 waterer with electrolytes-1 without, & meal worm treats by hand (which they go crazy over). I'm considering some bramas, maybe welsummers & wyandottes too (suggestions welcome) but I prefer any friendly, docile, cuddly breeds for egg laying only, pets-No meat (except for maybe any mean bullies).

    Have a pretty empty 100×100 horse barn & arena. I plan to convert one of the smaller/ end stalls (12x15') into a coop. Then plan to install an auto door to the stall/coop's outer wall (which has a 15' width area between the barns outer south wall & a fence), and then planned to line the wood fence with chicken wire and run it the length of the barn (or maybe go only 1/2 the length of the barn) providing them a potential 50' (or 100') x15' run. But I'm worried about hawks (& possums, raccoons, coyotes, dingos, Wild dogs, etc.) all which we have a big abundance of (especially hawks which are constantly killing the wild birds) around here. I've read that you should use metal mesh hardware cloth (top & sides & in ground) to keep out preditors instead of chicken wire but that stuff is so darned more expensive. Anyone have an alternative suggestion or know where I can buy the stuff that would be more affordable than TS, Lowes, or Amazon (which the cheapest I found is over $2/ft.)? Also, the barn is a hard packed dirt floor...wondering should I put down some kind òf flooring or is pine shavings over sand/dirt floor good enough? Any suggestions for converting/creating the coop/run/roosts would be greatly welcomed & appreciated. Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. For coop suggestions, I'd advise reposting on the "coops and runs" thread for optimal responses.

    In the meantime, you may wish to visit the Learning Centre. Its a great resource, even for experienced chicken keepers - loads of info on anything chicken. https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Joining your state thread will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area, which can be helpful (just type the name of your state in the search box).

    All the best
    CT
     
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  3. mlm Mike

    mlm Mike Sunna and Mani Premium Member

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  4. Sevanson Woods

    Sevanson Woods Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank You! Love this site-so helpful & friendly! Wondering if anyone here can help ID what you think these one week old Bantam babies might be (one is lying under an Australorp)??

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  6. Sevanson Woods

    Sevanson Woods Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks CT Ken! I'll check it out! I had thought the thread for west Tennessee was only dated/much older stuff...but after i saw catchicks response & TN thread Im guessing there may be more than one thread for my area (or i just need to learn my way around here a bit better-likely both!)...thanks again.
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
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  8. N F C

    N F C dem crazy bones Premium Member

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    Have fun with your new flock!
     
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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    When your chicks are 6-8 weeks old you can post photos at "what breed or gender is this."
     

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