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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Cher H, Nov 21, 2014.

  1. Cher H

    Cher H Hatching

    Nov 21, 2014
    I recently started my adventure in owning my first little family of chickens. My dad made a little coop for me this year and just recently gave me 6 cute hens and a handsome rooster. I have dug through your forums for months trying to get as much information as possible so I would be ready when the chickens arrived. I've had them for a few weeks now and can't wait to get out in the mornings to check on them and let them out of the coop. They should begin laying around Christmas and I can't wait. I look forward to being a new member of your group and all the new things yet to be learned. [​IMG]
  2. pfewless

    pfewless In the Brooder

    Oct 31, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. I love your coop. It would be great to see some pictures of the inside. Keep us posted on when you get your first eggs.
  3. Cher H

    Cher H Hatching

    Nov 21, 2014
    Thank you, I love my little coop. I think my dad did such a great job. He used the "Bella" plan with a few modifications. Most of the material came from old cedar fencing I had just laying around and scraps we picked up from here and there. I've attached a few more photos. I still need to work on nest boxes but I figured I have a few more weeks. The plastic lids are just temporary so the girls don't mess in the nest area for now.






  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop

    What a cute coop - what are the dimensions of it? Depending on your location it may become a little crowded for a flock your size when/if you head into winter and they become less inclined to venture outdoors for much of the day. Looks like a happy flock with all that room to free range in. Are you planning to hatch eggs (you mention having the rooster)? Good news is you have a great builder on call for the expansions that will be needed if so.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2014
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    What a cute little coop!! Yes, watch out for any aggression in the coop as it is a bit tiny for all your birds. If they have some place to hang out in during the day instead of the coop on those rainy or snowy days, they will have more room to spend their time. All of them all day in a coop this small and they may be at each others throats or butts.

    Make yourself at home here and enjoy your flock! They do look like they are enjoying themselves. :)
  6. Cher H

    Cher H Hatching

    Nov 21, 2014
    The coop is approximately 4x4 designed to hold 6 laying hens. I'm not planning to hatch eggs but the rooster is nice to have around the girls since they are roaming free during the day. If it does get a little crowded I can just give my dad a chicken or two. He has a large coop which can accommodate more chickens or as you suggested get him to expand my coop.
  7. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] so glad you joined us. Nice flock. Love the coop.
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Feel free to ask lots of questions! We're all here to help. [​IMG]

    Nice coop!
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
  10. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. You have a really beautiful flock and a cute coop, but 4 X 4 is really too small for 6 hens. The miniimum recommended coop space is 4 sq. ft. per hen (more is better). With 6 hens you really need a minimum floor area of 24 sq. ft. (again more would be better). Overcrowding can quickly lead to aggression, biting, feather plucking, stress, loss in egg production, and even serious injuries. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.

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