New to raising chickens...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by SamandElla, Nov 17, 2015.

  1. SamandElla

    SamandElla Hatching

    Nov 17, 2015
    Yucca Valley, CA
    Hi all! So happy to have found this forum! My husband and I are just finishing building our coop and will be getting 4-5 chickens in the next week or two. We are both very excited and I have been voraciously reading this forum to learn as much as I can before we bring home our new family members. I have a question, we have our coop in a yard that is fenced in so that the chickens can roam around. Can we leave the coop open during the day when we are at work so they can have the run of the yard or do you recommend we keep them in the confines of the coop when we aren't there? Here is a pic of our almost finished coop - any ideas and recommendations are welcome. Thank you in advance for your responses!!!



  2. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010

    It's according to what type of predators you have in your area. I live in a neighborhood, and still have to worry about hawks. If I haven't seen any way up there scoping for a while, I leave mine out in the yard. My only killing was from a Ferrell cat. That was yrs. ago.
    I love your coop!
  3. AlHawk

    AlHawk Chirping

    Nov 3, 2015
    Melbourne Florida
    I think the big question is what kind of predators do you have? We have hawks and I don't like leaving my young ones out during the day when I'm not home. (My basset hound is not much of a guard dog). Your picture doesn't show much cover for other protection. Of course this is after they're old enough to come back to the house at dusk too, otherwise you're chasing in the evening. LOL

    BTW: Welcome to the coop (group).
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2015
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. Your coop is beautiful. Thanks for posting the pic. :eek:) As far as leaving them unattended out in the fenced yard, not only are the predators in your area a concern, but unless your fence is higher than it appears to be in the pic, your chickens will likely fly over the fence. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  6. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    The only time my flock is outside, is when I am there with them. Otherwise, they are in a covered run and the door to the coop open. You might consider adding a run to your setup so your chickens could enjoy outside time but still be protected.

    Thanks for joining us, your coop is looking good!
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens. I agree with NFC in regards to having a secure covered run the chickens can be in, during the day, when you aren't home to supervise them.

  8. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Songster

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!


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