New member of BYC from Tennessee

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CarolJ, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. CarolJ

    CarolJ Dogwood Trace Farm

    Jun 3, 2011
    Middle Tennessee
    I've been reading up on keeping chickens, I've asked friends who keep them, and I've visited their coops - I've planned and plotted. And it's now time to put all I've learned into action. But it's one thing to read about it, and quite another thing to actually have live chickens depending on me!

    We will get our coop later this week - and then we'll buy some 4-month old pullets next week from a nearby farm. We plan to have layers only - just for our family and friends. We live on acreage that is mostly wooded - with hawks, owls, bobcats, coyotes, raccoons and many other predators around. So we chose a coop with an attached 12 x 4 pen that has welded wire mesh covering the top and sides. That's the only way they'll be able to survive here. On the inside of the coop there are two nesting boxes on one side and a roosting pole across the other side.

    After considering the farm's inventory of pullets, I thought of getting 3 Araucanas, 1 Little Black Giant, 2 New Hampshire Reds, and 2 Welsummers. My ideal flock would be 4 - 6 hens. However, I've been told that we should get 2 or 3 extras since it's likely some won't make it very long. Is that true - even if we protect them from predators? I'm sure the animals in the woods around us will do their best to get into the pen and coop. And it sure is hot here in TN during the summer. So the weather might be stressful to them - although part of the pen will be in the shade.

    Before I make my final decision on which breeds to get - what do you think of the plan I described above? Is that a good mixture of breeds? I want only blue and brown eggs. Does the coop and pen set-up seem sufficient to protect them from predators and provide enough room for 8 chickens? I have pine shavings to put on the floor of the coop, and straw to put in the nesting boxes. The guy at the farmers co-op told me I should feed them food made for chicks until they start laying. So I have a big bag of chick feed. I've got the water and feed trays ready. What am I forgetting????

  2. Chickencoop1996

    Chickencoop1996 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2011
    southern nh
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC. Ensure your coop and pen are built like Ft Knox, your chickens will be your gold. For 4 month old pullets, feed them starter/grower feed. At 20 weeks old or when they lay their first egg, switch over to layer feed.
  4. birdicus7

    birdicus7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2010
    Coatesville, PA
    [​IMG] Good Luck and Enjoy!!!
  5. flnatv

    flnatv Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2011
    West Tennessee
    [​IMG] from NW Tennessee [​IMG]

    I adore my NH... she is the sweetest thing.
    I personally don't have the other so I can't help...

    I understand about the heat... I cannot believe the heat index is over 111 degrees!!!! It is unreal.
    I keep mine in a converted horse stall and the top is welded wire and we get plenty of air circulation. They get to free-range in the yard many days.
    Still working on the winter coop plans... have ideas... share pictures on here... I would love to see what you have.
  6. Cadjien_De_Louisiane

    Cadjien_De_Louisiane SWLA Gamefowl Breeder

    Apr 18, 2011
    Welsh, LA
    Welcome to BYC!
  7. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. I don't think you need to get extras but why not. You can just blame it on the chicken math. [​IMG]
  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama.
  9. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Previously Barred Babies Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2009
    Pride, La.
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Pride, La.
  10. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    Hello [​IMG] from Hesperia,CA and [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

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