Newbie Questions...Coop Location

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SunsetChicks, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. SunsetChicks

    SunsetChicks In the Brooder

    Aug 1, 2008
    I think we're ready to take the chicken plunge. We're total newbs but have learned an enormous amount from trolling this forum and reading a couple of books. We live in an urban (but legal!) environment in Southern California and are raising chickens primarily for 1) fun; 2) to help teach our young kids about farms and where food comes from; and 3) eggs.

    Most of my friends think we're insane for bringing pet chickens into the yard, and who knows, maybe they're right!

    I'm most interested in getting some thoughts on coop location, but please feel free to comment on any other aspect of our plan.

    We plan to buy a chick-n-barn and run. I know these prefabs are relatively unpopular here, but I'm not nearly handy enough to build my own and can't imagine spending $2,000 on a fancy pre-fab. I'm fairly well sold on on the barn, but would certainly welcome contrary opinions.

    The ideal place for the set up is in a part of our yard that's nearly full shade. Is shade OK for the chickens? We'll let them out to range in the yard from time-to-time, but for the most part, they'll be shade birds. Is that healthy?

    We'll probably start with 4 standard hens, probably several different breeds, just for variety's sake. The Mypetchicken breed selector seems a great resource. We're looking for very docile (we have young kids) good layers. We're thinking about Ameraucanas, Australorps, Delawares, and Wyandottes. Sound good? Other recommendations?

    I'd be very grateful for any other thoughts. Thanks in advance.
  2. Heather J

    Heather J Songster

    May 29, 2008
    Shade is great for Chickens, especially if you live in a hot area. I birds all go in search for any shade they can find during the day (there's not much, we're still planting trees and you know how long it'll be before they actually produce any real shade.) Good luck on your new adventure!
  3. birdy_num_nums

    birdy_num_nums In the Brooder

    May 28, 2008
    Cool! You are going to have soooo much fun!

    I've had a few Rhode Island Reds and they've all been docile and friendly, absolute luv bugs! Lots of yummy eggs, too.
  4. CATRAY44

    CATRAY44 Lard Cookin Chicken Woman

    Welcome to the wonderful world of chickens! Glad you are joining us!!!
  5. dftkarin

    dftkarin Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    I'm a newbie to, just a few weeks ahead of you. Everyone thinks I'm nutty, we have a tiny yard and a child - so we chose docile birds: 1 austrolorp, 1 barred rock and 1 wyandotte. It seems to be great fun so far! Good luck!
  6. chickflick

    chickflick Crowing

    Mar 10, 2007
    [​IMG] Sounds like you are off to a good start. Shade is what chickens want. Once in a while you'll see them's pretty funny looking. We'll be here if you need any advice....
  7. camjac

    camjac Songster

    Jun 22, 2008
    Northeast Ohio
    I just got my chickens at the end of June. I also have young kids and wanted them to be able to play with the chicks. I chose 2 australorps, 2 ameraucanas (got easter eggers), and 2 light brahmas. The brahmas are beautiful birds and so far they are the most friendly that I have and are usually the first over for anything (the australorps are a close second). Good luck with your chicks and I know that you will have lots of fun!

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