Newbie! Right in my city downtown!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mamatoes, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. mamatoes

    mamatoes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi!!

    I'm so new to this! I've wanted chickens for years but finally convinced my husband. I'm supposed to get 2 ameraucana and 2 buff orpingtons March 13th as day olds. And then 2 barred rocks on the 29fh. I'm starting to freak out! I'm worried about predators. Like reading some posts has me scared. I want to be the best mama to these chicks as possible!

    Any advice before we build our coop? I'm assuming since I'm in the downtown I'm only looking at cats and coons as predators.

    Is it worth it? Should I stop worrying and just build the dang thing but take all the care to make it as safe as possible?

    Thanks!
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Depending upon where you are located, coyotes, fox and dogs may cause problems as well as hawks and GHO. Check out the coop section and build as well as you can, and hopefully all will be fine.
     
  3. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dogs will be your biggest problem but coyote, owl, skunk, raccoon, hawks and humans are also on the list.
     
  4. mamatoes

    mamatoes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The run will have hardware cloth all over it to protect from birds and prey. And coop will have a lock on it for night as I was a bit concerned about humans as well but praying people see it as a really awesome thing and just respect it.
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC. As Sourland suggests, the coop section is a good place to start, combined with the section "Predators and pests".

    Good luck!

    CT
     
  6. N F C

    N F C Happy T-Day! Premium Member Project Manager

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  7. RooDen

    RooDen Out Of The Brooder

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    Predators like raccoons and cats will usually attack at night so build the coop so it is nice and protected. During the day though provide nice hideouts like bushes and/or some little woodens shades so the chickens can hide from the birds of prey. But for the moment just relax on keeping the day old chicks happy inside in their brooder box. Best of luck in chickeneering.
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Many predators have adapted quite well to living among humans and benefit highly from it. Their major enemies are cars. Coyotes have been spotted all over the Chicago suburbs and even in downtown areas - so they are everywhere. If they thrive in Chicago, they can thrive anywhere.
     

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