New to BYC

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by muncrunch, May 3, 2017.

  1. muncrunch

    muncrunch Just Hatched

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    Hello,

    I'm new to the site but I have been reading through threads for a while now...I look forward to getting some invaluable advice.
     
  2. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Be Happy! Read more. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!

    how many chickens do you have?
     
  3. muncrunch

    muncrunch Just Hatched

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    None yet. We get our first chick at the end of May. I am in the midst of building the coop/run? Would you mind giving me some advice on coop design?
     
  4. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Be Happy! Read more. Premium Member

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    Your first chick...as in one?

    In what part of the world do you live?

    Main things need to be are:
    Secure...
    have plenty of ventilation
    secure...
    and enough room.



    Remember...critters can and will dig into a coop...put a hardwire cloth "skirt" around the bottom.
    Chicken wire is worthless...use hardwire cloth.
     
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  5. muncrunch

    muncrunch Just Hatched

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    Thank you. Chick was a typo lol. I am in the midst of building a 12 x 8 fully enclosed coop/run. Due to hawks in our backyard, The chickens will not be let out unless I am out there to supervise. I also wrapped the entire coop and run, including underneath, with hardware cloth. Given that it is full secure, do I need a coop door to reduce drafts in the winter? Also, do I need a cool light or a coop heater for the New England winters?thanks for the advice.
     
  6. Cntry1958

    Cntry1958 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Somewhere in Maryland
    Since your in New England I would go to the link https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you here and find your area and ask them, your questions as they would be able to tell you just how air tight it must be. AS well as if you may need a heat source come winter there in New England. You can meet other members of BYC from your own area there.
     
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  7. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under muncrunch [​IMG] Welcome!

    Have you checked out the Learning Centre? Lots of good tips there: https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock when they arrive or your coop build, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
     
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  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Chickens generally can handle cold much better than heat. You might also ask others on the state thread what breeds are hardiest for them.
     
  9. muncrunch

    muncrunch Just Hatched

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    This is great!!! Thank you!
     

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