New to BYC and need lots of advice

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by cori1023, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. cori1023

    cori1023 In the Brooder

    Aug 2, 2014
    Hi everyone .. I am new to BYC and waiting till the spring to get them.. We are building the coop now to have it ready.
    Any tips, advice, warnings is very much appreciated.
    Cori :)
  2. 25eggfarm

    25eggfarm In the Brooder

    Aug 1, 2014
    Make your coop out of good wood. It rilly helps if you insulate your coop. Make the run door strong that's how most predators get in your coop so use good latches and hinges. Make shore your coop has a window so they can get natchearl light and the window shooed be double paned. Wood shavings are good for bedding. :welcome
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    If you coop is well built in shouldn't need insulation except in areas with extreme climate issues. Windows are good but, should be backed by 1/2"hardware cloth to keep predators out. Chickens also like a roost near a window to they can look outside.

    Try visiting the coops section for ideas and instructions. Welcome to BYC
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  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. X2 on the hardware cloth. There are too many predators that can either tear through chicken wire or pass through the openings in the mesh. Hardware cloth has saved chicken owners many tears. Please feel free to ask any specific questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in building your coop and getting your flock. Are you planning on getting any specific breed?
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  5. mmmeyer

    mmmeyer Chirping

    Mar 25, 2014
    south jersey
    Welcome to BYC. As for coops check out the pics and the plans other member have submitted. When I get around to it I'll submit my own. Still finishing it up.

    Once more WELCOME to BYC[​IMG]
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  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Have you checked out the Learning Center yet? There are some great articles on coops, chicken health, raising chicks, predator protection etc. Enjoy the site and your chicken adventure!
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  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

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

    Build it as big as you can afford. You and your chickens will appreciate the room. Have them roost low to the floor, put lots of venting in your ceiling and give them a big run when not free ranging. Build and over build it to keep predators out. Critters of the day and night have a lot of time on their hands and will work at something if they think a chicken dinner is moments away. As long as you can't break in, neither can they. Use hardware cloth on all exterior parts of the coop and run and it never hurts to have extra nest boxes for those times when you have broodies hogging up boxes.

    Good luck on this new adventure and welcome to our flock!
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  8. ronmauldin

    ronmauldin Songster

    Jan 25, 2014
    Rhode Island
    Welcome from the Ocean State!

    Make it tall enough you can stand up in it. Your chickens won't care, but you sure will when you clean it each week.
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  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    You've received some great advice above.
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  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
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