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May 29, 2017
So, my family and I are about to embark on the adventure of raising chickens ourselves. We are very much looking forward to learning a LOT and having some fun. I am very sure that we will be looking to "peck" your brains for all of the details that we have probably not yet thought about! Thank you for being here! I am so glad that our friends told to start with Backyard Chickens! See you around the Hen House!

Pork Pie

Premium Feather Member
7 Years
Jan 30, 2015
Thank you! Looking to buy a chicken coop to get started but just don't know what brands are worth the money. Any thoughts?
Hi and welcome to BYC. Many prefab chicken coops are not necessarily the best quality and almost always do not accommodate the number of birds they claim. I'm not sure if space allows, but buying a garden shed is likely to be cheaper, stronger and do the job better than most coops that you can buy. Check out the Coops section - https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/category/coops.12/ This link may also be useful -

More generally, you'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/category/learning-center.11/ and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

Each week, various topics are discussed, which can also be a great resource - https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/topic-of-the-week-thread-archive

You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread#post_3239224

All the best

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Premium Feather Member
7 Years
Jul 31, 2015
Houston, TX
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I agree with CTken.
A "homemade" coop is THE way to go.
If you check your local free section on Craigslist you should be able to get a good amount of free material to start and/or finish a coop.

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