New to BYC and the entire scope of Self-Sufficient Living

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by NuAgePaulBunyun, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. NuAgePaulBunyun

    NuAgePaulBunyun Out Of The Brooder

    Hello all,

    I am Chris and girlfriend , Cecelia. i had to put her on this thread as she is the main reason, actually the sole reason i am here....

    So the story goes as :
    Moved into a very rural area at the end of November and found out the enternal quest for chickens that my GF had. And as we all know if the HEN isnt happy then NOBDDY is happy. so in short by mid-February we are taking this chicken thing pretty seriously.

    and by early March we have my new garage filled with this little creatures taking up all her time. but to avail i have my garage back now and that have moved into the shed outback that has been converted into a coop, a mighty nice coop, if i dont say so myself.

    building the coop was fun, but now the practical part of security is a problem. we have lost a duck "Ripple" and a chicken "Booster the Rooster" to a possum and a coon. we can consider that case "Closed" as they each have been dealt with PROPERLY.

    and so we venture into making this little flock a feline and varmit free fowl friendly farm.

    We live about an hour outside the STL the closest town we live by is Defiance, just to give out a bit of "where-a-bouts"

    Many of our neighbors are farmers or retired folk, so self-sufficiency is a common thread out here.

    back to the point at hand.

    our coop is a pretty good size and has a nice size run (19' by 32'). soon to be added is an enclosure to the top of the run as the pesky rodents love our lil chickens.

    i have never built anything like this before, i thought it to be a bit more thrown together than what it has turned out to be. i find myself taking a good amount of pride in this new coop i have created.

    thanks again for the hints and help so far. i plan on using this site and forum for a great amount of learning and hopefully when i shed my molt i can help others seeking a similar path in which we have chosen.
  2. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. Sorry about your losses but where there is one predator, there are ten more waiting to take its place. You will need to have a secure place for your chickens at night. :thumbsup
  3. NuAgePaulBunyun

    NuAgePaulBunyun Out Of The Brooder


  4. Blarneyeggs

    Blarneyeggs Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 22, 2011
    Southeast PA
    Welcome! We are striving toward self sufficiency ourselves, a bees and pigs are next on our agenda.

    You've picked a great place to get guidance, I would check out the predator threads (and have had to myself) you will find great information there. What I can tell you is that I've heard that raccoons are territorial, removing one only opens your area up for the next to move in.

    Also, a mistake we made while building our first run was not covering at least a portion from rain and snow, a tarp is doing the trick now, not pretty, but it works. The whole run is covered with fencing. We learned the hard way that hardware cloth is a must around the bottom 2 feet of the run as raccoons can, and have ripped chickens heads off through the fencing. An extra layer of chicken wire was put on the roof of the run after an Owl reached in and tore off part of a high roosting leghorn (she survived and is as good as new). We did bury chain link fence 3 feet out around the perimeter of the run to keep the foxes from digging under ~about the only thing we did do right, before a casualty.
  5. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    Aug 26, 2011
    Hello and :welcome
    Good luck on your quest towards self sufficiency! Lovely chicks you've got there, hopefully they'll all be safe from predators from now in. Do you know the sister site, Sufficient Self? You might enjoy it there too.
    Enjoy the site, and see you round! :frow
  6. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    Hi Chris and Cecelia! [​IMG] from S. Florida! Its great to have you both here with us! You're so lucky to live in a rural area, hope you enjoy it! [​IMG]
  7. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    Welcome to BYC, Chris!

  8. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  9. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  10. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

    Killing the predators that kill your chickens will not protect the remaining ones. Any time you spend predator proofing your facilities will be a great investment in the long run, as there are Always more predators just waiting to move in as soon as there is an opening.

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