New to chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by diverdale, Oct 14, 2019.

  1. diverdale

    diverdale Chirping

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    Howdy folks. Dale here, from North Carolina. My wife and I have been talking about raising chickens for several years now. This spring we finally decided to make the plunge. We got 3 chicks 17 weeks ago (18 this Wednesday). 1 Buff Orpington (Buffy) 1 Speckled Sussex (Speck) and a Bard Rock (Annabelle) Started out with a small one from Tractor's Supply. Said it would house 5-8 chickens. What a laugh that turned out to be.

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    Added hardware cloth the outside for added critter proofing.

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    So a few weeks ago, I started building our super coop. Got a lot of inspiration from the Wichita Cabin Coop and the Palace Coop. Run dimensions are 6'x10' with 8'x12' roof. I'm getting close to being finished. Here's a few in process pictures.

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    The girls know it's for them and they want me to hurry up ... lol

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    I'm no roofer, but it turned out pretty well. (Those little humps flattened down in a couple days)

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    Didn't want them to bump their heads on the roofing nails, so this was the solution.

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    Starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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    Nesting box framing.

    Still have to finish up the nest box and some trim. But I'm on the home stretch now. My wife has done the painting and I've done the construction....it's been a fun project but I'm ready for it to be done. Target move in date is the end of October.

    I know, this is a lot of coop for 3 chickens ... we do plan on adding more next year. We'll use the little coop to get them up to size. Comments are welcomed.

    Dale
     
  2. michaelbell317

    michaelbell317 Chirping

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    I, too, used the plans for the Chicken Palace, but I did modify a couple of things. That's a nice looking coop so far. Pictures of mine are posted in here somewhere. We have six hens. They all seem to be pretty happy and have plenty of space. I have two roosts inside the coop for them at night, but they all sleep on just one.
     
  3. BullChick

    BullChick Enslaved by a Duckling

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  4. ValerieJ

    ValerieJ Crossing the Road

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    Hi! :frow Welcome to BYC! Nice coop.
     
  5. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    Hello Dale and welcome to BYC. I hope that you enjoy your time here. You have great looking set up.

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    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
     
  6. Kiki

    Kiki Is your thermometer calibrated?

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  7. Mybackyardpeepers

    Mybackyardpeepers Crowing

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    Good afternoon Dale and welcome to the BYC flock!!!
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  8. Callender Girl

    Callender Girl Crowing

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    Nice work on the coop, Dale. And, it will be nice in the spring when you get more chicks -- as we all do -- to have someplace for them to grow up, or to isolate someone who needs an infirmary ward. I have or have had all three of the breeds you have; I enjoyed them all.

    BYC is a great place with great people -- and one more is always welcome!!
     
  9. Meg-in-MT

    Meg-in-MT Crossing the Road

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    Hello! Welcome to BYC!! :frowVery nice coop you're building. The tongue and groove looks good! That's what we've got on the whole inside of our house.
     
  10. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Enabler

    Hello, and welcome! Glad that you joined! Nice coop build! Good luck with your flock!
     

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