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TheRebRanch

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Greetings from the Pacific NW.
TO answer your questions...

(1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens?
- It is not new to my husband as he grew up on a mini farm in Kansas but new to me and our kiddos. We got our chickens the first part of March

(2) How many chickens do you have right now?

- We currently have 3

(3) What breeds do you have?

- We have Rhode Island Reds

(4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com?
- I was actually doing an internet search to determine if one of ours is a rooster.. (I still do not know how to tell and hope we dont)

(5) What are some of your other hobbies?


- we like to hunt and go to the lake. I am big on planting a garden and quilting.

(6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share.


We have a border collie/shep dog who wants to heard the chickens more than anything from their coup and young kids to just love them. We even built our own Coup which I think turned out amazing.. All is left is our trim.

 

Ol Grey Mare

One egg shy of a full carton. .....
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I did want to mention that you may want to consider something a little stronger than the poultry netting it appears you have used - especially as your own dog is showing an interest in the birds (to be expected) as poultry netting is great for keeping birds in or out of a certain area, but does nothing to keep predators from getting through. Alternatives would be hardware cloth (the most expensive) or a heavier gauge fencing such as weld wire, field fence, etc for strength and poultry netting over that.
 

TheRebRanch

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May 6, 2015
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We do have heavier wire on top that is more like a cattle fence. That is funny you mention it because we have discussed something a little sturdier for the sides. It is always a work in progress.
 

Mountain Peeps

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Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

Nice intro! Pretty coop too! I had three chickens for a time. I just loved having a small flock. Makes it so easy to bond with them and discover their personalities.
 
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TheRebRanch

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Yes.. the coup is still a work in progress.. next will be red trim and some little touches.. it was the first time building it but my husband and I had fun. I was hoping for more but will start out with three and see how it goes. We might have a rooster on our hands so that will be interesting.

I am looking forward to being a part of this page.. its really neat.
 

Mountain Peeps

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Yes.. the coup is still a work in progress.. next will be red trim and some little touches.. it was the first time building it but my husband and I had fun. I was hoping for more but will start out with three and see how it goes. We might have a rooster on our hands so that will be interesting.

I am looking forward to being a part of this page.. its really neat.

Well it's looking great!

Can't wait to chatting more with you!
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See you around BYC
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drumstick diva

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Generally we recommend 1/2" hardware cloth rather than flimsy chicken wire. We do not get kickbacks from doing so
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It is much more durable, and the small openings keep out more predators. Welcome to Backyard chickens.
 

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