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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lolmom, Jan 10, 2011.
Heavy locks, chain link, welded wire, roofing material, LARGE locks, and NO GAPS ANYWHERE!!! Lol
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Hello from Hesperia, Ca
and from Ohio. So glad you joined. You may want to read up on the predator section on the index page. We are all in the same boat.
A warm welcome from an imp in Washington
Great sense of humor.
from SNY! Do some lurking on here. You'll learn alot.
In our area of the State, we also have our share of predators. It's much better going into it with awareness, as opposed to how we went into it. ("Oh, we'll be careful. Don't see too many chicken-killers!") Build to protect so you can deter and prevent the worst. Losing birds hurts.
Not sure what your legal situation is....but build a coop for more than 2 or 3. Birds benifit from space...and you'll probably find yourself wanting more.
We'll all take you under a wing--just keep reading!
Just remember no matter what you do and how right you do it, there is always risk. Even a house chicken can get sick. But chickens are so entertaining and so much fun, just go for it! When you're done reading if you have more questions just ask. But here are a few pointers I've gotten from reading on here about 2 hours a day (yes. addicted)
1. Build it like Fort Knox--both coop and run
2. Build it bigger than you think you want...you'll want more.
3. Use common sense
4. Eveyone has an opinion. It doesn't have to match yours as long as we are all polite There are alot of ways to do the same thing.
5. Have fun and enjoy! (you've already got a sense of humor)
from North Carolina
Quote:ONLY 2 hours?!?!?! Uh oh, I have a problem...
Oh chickens are so much fun! You will LOVE them. Build a bulletproof coop, with plenty of room. My floors are solid 2" thick wood, and my screen is 1/2" hardware cloth. I take my chickens for supervised free ranging for a couple hours almost everyday. I'm too afraid of the hawks to leave them unattended. They seem very happy with that.
Edited for grammatical errors!