New to chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Roosting Robin, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. Roosting Robin

    Roosting Robin Out Of The Brooder

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    We are building our Coop now, and plan to build a pen in this area of the photo. We live in a heavily wooded area and therefore cannot have them be free range. I'm sure that the trees will be a hiding place for flying predators, but plan on having places the chickens can run for cover. Also, the ground is covered in oak and sweet gum leaves. Should I rake and remove those leaves or leave them because so many bugs grow in them?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Leave the leaves unless you plan on planting something there.
    Make sure the coop and immediate area are on higher or well drained ground.
    The shrubs/brush will provide some protection from hawks as will be a good rooster.
     
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! I would leave the leaves, the chickens will enjoy scratching through them and eating any bugs they find, a lot of people put leaves in their runs in the fall on purpose.
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    X3 on the leaves. Chickens love to scratch around in leaves and will give them hours of entertainment.

    Great to have you aboard and good luck with all your poultry adventures!
     
  5. x4 on the leaves!

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  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.
     
  7. chickenneighbor

    chickenneighbor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello from Maine and welcome to BYC!
     
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    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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