Newbie from Manchester NH area

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by BBassett, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. BBassett

    BBassett New Egg

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    Contemplating chickens in my backyard for the very first time and not a 100% sure yet because of the following reasons.
    Due to restrictions on building too close to our wetland setbacks we will be forced to build the coop and run in an area with lots of tree roots and with a good chance of not being able to get down the 1 to 2 feet recommend to bury the run fencing.
    There is a good amount of wildlife in our backyard that just love chickens. Would we then just have the bottom fencing on ground level and build up with pine shavings?
    The other issue I need to think about is the fact that I have some real nice lily, grass and perennial gardens,covered with black mulch and I would like to keep them that way. For that reason I would like to get the chickens out of their run for a couple of hours each day to roam around and get them back into the run at dusk.
    I am interested in getting some Frizzles, Wyandottes, Speckled Sussex, Australorps and or Marans and have not made up a definite decision on either ones of these breeds but I love the Frizzles although I can only get them in a straight run and they are not the best egg layers. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] You can have a look here for ideas on chicken coops and runs and how to make them safe:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/9/coop-run-design-construction-maintenance

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/13/predators-and-pests

    For more info on the breeds you mentioned and others you may not have considered look here:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/category/chicken-breeds

    As for the chickens and your garden... Chickens like to scratch. And eat plants. And they are very good at both. Just saying [​IMG]
     
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  3. BBassett

    BBassett New Egg

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    Thank you Sumi,very much appreciated
     
  4. chickenpooplady

    chickenpooplady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from Highland County Ohio and God Bless!!!
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Check out the "Social" forum, 'Where am I? Where are you!", and locate the NH, Mass, Vt, etc threads. Perhaps someone local can help you locate some good birds. Good luck.
     
  6. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!!!
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    Glad you joined us!
     
  7. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you've joined us.
     
  8. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, BBassett, and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard! Listen to Sumi's advice - she knows her stuff. Good luck to you!
     
  9. BBassett

    BBassett New Egg

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    Thank you all; I. feel at home!!!!!
     
  10. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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