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New to chickens, from Johnson County, KS

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Sarahuh, Apr 25, 2017.

  1. Sarahuh

    Sarahuh In the Brooder

    Apr 12, 2017
    Gardner, KS
    Hello everyone! I am totally a newb to chickens and the whole deal. I am a RN, and did not grow up with chickens or even knew anyone that did. Haha. But I have been researching extensively for months, and Im not sure if you are ever really 100% enlightened, but I decided I was going to go for it. So I just picked up 4 Rhode Island Reds yesterday, and I think I am starting to understand the term 'chicken math' a little better. I live in a neighborhood on a 10,000 sq ft lot, and had to apply for a permit to keep chickens, and they are not allowed to free range. I am still looking into building their coop. I have read so many negative things about the 'buy and build' that I'm considering looking at some of the DIY plans, but I am not too sure of my carpentry skills.
    I have appreciated all of the good information you all have to share, and look forward to learning more as I go along![​IMG]

  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us. Do you think that you may be able to hire a local builder / carpenter to build the coop for you? Another option is to get a pre-fab garden shed and convert that (even I managed to do that, and I'm useless at DIY). If you check out the Coops section, you'll find lots of ideas.

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread#post_3239224

    All the best
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    If you have Craig's list in your area, often they have coops because folks decide they don't want chickens anymore. Sometimes the coop comes with feed, birds, etc. If you can score any chain link dog run panels, that can work as the basis for outdoor chicken run, etc.
  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Sarahuh [​IMG] Welcome & Congratulations!

    As you have already received links to some good starting points and some good advice, I will just wish you all the best.

    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, 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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