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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by freebirder, May 3, 2009.

  1. freebirder

    freebirder Out Of The Brooder

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    Central Texas' newest chicken farmer.
    8 chicks now 2.5 weeks old.
    Our girls love playing outside (in their cage no less) all day.
    Attracted a quail yesterday. He kept coming back hanging just outside the cage. Chasing my blonds I think. So this is what it is like to have girls. We raised 2 boys.

    Working on converting a playset/now storage shed into a coop. At least part of it.

    I have some plastic store displays that look like they would be excellent nesting box removable floors.

    How may nesting boxes do I need for these 8 ladies?
    How much protection do I need at night. Can I leave them in a cage or fully netted and enclosed area off the back of my shed or must they go inside a closed building? We have raccoons, cats, skunks ring tail cats, owls, hawks...
    Do the need grass. Will mostly shaded areas under cedar trees work for them 18x12 area/

    Thanks
     
  2. Skitz

    Skitz Skitz15k

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    [​IMG] from the same state!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] im glad another texan is here =]
     
  3. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2009
    Dillingham, Alaska
    [​IMG] from ALASKA! [​IMG]
     
  4. ZepChick

    ZepChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    welcome! I would have them fully enclosed at night. if a coon finds out where they are they will be back, and they are pretty flippin smart. we had one open a door! needless to say, our girls are locked at night. we also buried hardware cloth around their run to deter predators. our girls also killed the grass they were on, i think it's the nitrogen in their poo and probably depends on number of birds/area of pen
     
  5. gpamela3499

    gpamela3499 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From California
     
  6. lunkerchicken

    lunkerchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome from Cape Cod, MA!!!
     
  7. babymakes6

    babymakes6 Gifted

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  9. mullers3acers

    mullers3acers Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. Lil_Chickadee

    Lil_Chickadee Chillin' With My Peeps

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