new to chicken farming again

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by DJoe, Apr 19, 2016.

  1. DJoe

    DJoe Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 18, 2016

    Just joined today. We've raised chickens in the past and after finally retiring are wanting to try it again. We loved our chickens and we're left heart broken a couple times when we thought we had them pretty well secured and a predictor found a way into the coop and wiped out our entire young flock. My hubby wants to build a new coop and is wondering if there is a good reason to NOT build it with a concrete floor. We both have some disability and are looking forward to caring for our new family members in a well built, secure and easily maintained home. Please advise if there is some good reason Not to use concrete. He is anxious to get started so your timely reply is appreciated.. Thanks...DJoe
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi DJoe and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. I am not sure about concrete floors, but if you type "concrete flooring for runs" in the search box, you may get some joy. If not, the I'd suggest posting your question on the "Coops and Runs" forum where those with more experience will be able to help you out.

    Best wishes


    Just done the search - heres the link with threads that may help.

    Good luck
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2016
  3. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    I just responded on your other post but thought I'd say thanks for joining us again!
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG]Do you know how predators got to your birds before? Did they get through the fence? Dig up under the coop? etc.
  6. DJoe

    DJoe Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 18, 2016
    Yes...I do know how they got my babies the last time. I have always loved to "free range" my flock. They were only locked up at night. Someone gave my kids a few banties. We had always had standard chickens and nothing had ever bothered them before. After the addition of the banties a Coopers hawk got in and, pretending to be one of the flock, which I've since learned is their MO, attacked the first of the banties when opportunity presented. That little hawk worked his way through all the banties and by that time the bigger chickens were fair game also and that little tiny hawk managed to do in all my bigger stock also. Then there were the two times I had raised my chicks (40 each time) to feathered stage and placed them in the hen house on Labor day weekend with ample water and feed for the weekend and told everyone to not disturb them until Monday in order to give them some quiet time in their new digs to get used to roosting there etc. The coop was about 600 feet away from the house and the holiday weekend was busy. When I checked on them on Monday morning I found the door of the coop open and on no chicks. Once they were simply gone another year there remained only a pile of little feathers. I could not for the life of me figure out how anything could have got to my babies. There was a turn block on the door but also the door was stuck tight opinion it's jamb and not at all easily opened even by me. Not to worry though. I believe it's been over 25 years ago now and though we live on the same property we will be building our new coop/run much closer to the house and it will be akin to Fort Knox in security measures. We will allow them out to range only when we are out and about and able to keep a close watch on them. So appreciate the concern and willingness to offer solutions. DJoe

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