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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Cass, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. Cass

    Cass Songster

    Jan 6, 2011
    Albany, NY
    Read everything I can find about chickens...check
    Joined BYC so I can get answers when I need them...check
    Found SO who has built a house from the sill up to build my coop...check
    Aquired windows and some wood from Craig's List for free...check
    Read all I can find about coop design...check
    Designed a 4x5 coop to fit my needs...check
    Redesigned coop to 8x8 to account for "chicken math" I see in my future...check
    Looked up simple designs for large feeder and waterer so I don't have get up early to feed the silly birds...check
    Priced chicken wire and calculated how much I will need for my run...check
    Ordered 4 pullets and one roo from a local breeder for my 8x8 coop...check (Did I meantion I forsaw chicken math in my future)

    So why do I feel like I am forgetting something? [​IMG]

    Edited to add:
    First Aid kit and knowledge to use it
    Lawn chairs
    Brooder house plans
    Live catch trap (maybe)
    ammo (don't know for which gun yet, til I see the size of what I'm shooting)
    And Patience (my chicks haven't even been laid yet, much less hatched)
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2011

  2. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    Quote:Disease research? Really comes in handy, learned from experience!
  3. Quote:Disease research? Really comes in handy, learned from experience!

    x2 [​IMG] It really helps to know what you are seeing when you see it! I also learned, and you should get some handy medicines for some common diseases/injuries. [​IMG]
  4. nuttyredhead

    nuttyredhead Songster

    May 3, 2010
    Southern NH
    I agree with pepsnick. Knowing the signs of a sick chicken. It does sound like you have done your homework!!! Good job!
  5. greenSearcher

    greenSearcher Songster

    Aug 22, 2010
    Automatic door opener so you may lay a bed and the chickens can get to their large water and feeder, pricey but all luxuries have their price [​IMG]

    If the run is to be predator proof, go with 1/2 hardware cloth. Much stronger than chicken wire, and small enough to keep the nasties from grabbing your sweetie and dragging it through the small holes, a bite at a time.

    Research and stock up the chicken first aid kit. Should include a scale so you can weigh them as needed. I was lucky and didn't need it when I have finally gotten one well into my 2nd year of chickens.

    So far you're doing a good job of getting ready.
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2011
  6. g&h farm

    g&h farm In the Brooder

    Jan 26, 2011
    Brooksville, Fl
    Buy some good books to have handy. I refrence mine all the time. Tractor supply has a good selection. And Storey makes good books. Good Luck!! Do you have any area for them to free range?
  7. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Forget the chicken wire and go w/ hardware cloth and welded wire--at least.. We used 1/2" hardware cloth and chain link fencing.. has worked great... we have stray dogs, fox, coyotes, coons, oppossums and nothing has gotten in --it's been almost 2yrs.. No predator losses..

  8. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    Yep, chicken wire qualifies your chickens for the electric chair!
  9. renart

    renart Songster

    Mar 16, 2009
    Kingston, WA
    Quote:Dixie do you let them out to run free ? I am so so scared of all the hawks we have here, and we don't even have any chickens yet.
  10. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Songster

    Oct 19, 2010
    Montgomery County, TX
    Hardware cloth!

    Feel free to visit my BYC Page for blog links that you may find helpful or amusing.

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