Yet another first timer - North Texas

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Gridguru, Jan 31, 2016.

  1. Gridguru

    Gridguru Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2016
    Dallas, TX area.
    I've been a lurker for a while now, and since coop construction is underway, i thought i better log in to get opinions, thoughts, and good advice from the crowd as i go along. I've been doing serious research for months now on this site and others (plus books and advice from friends who are chicken owners), but i have a lot to learn still!

    We live on a heavily wooded acre lot (300+ post oaks). It's pretty hilly and rocky, but has nice shade and good spaces for a coop. We also have a beagle (yikes!).

    We plan to have 8 chickens (2 each of 4 breeds). Barred Rock, Ameraucana, Buff Orpington, and Copper Moran. Assuming my wife hasn't changed her mind. :)

    Coop will be cool. 6x6 base, raised 18in off the ground. It will have a slant roof, 6'-5" tall (from base) on the high side. I found a big old window that i will install on one wall. I'll be able to open it in the summer, but it should let in a lot of light year round. Nesting boxes (3) will be off a side, accessible from the outside. The back will have a large door that will basically give us access to the whole coop. The run will be pretty large (12 x 18 or so) and tall enough for us to walk in upright. I'll probably incorporate the trees. Lots of critters/predators around, not the least of which being my dog, so the run will be secure.

    Looking forward to building it. My wife is REALLY looking forward to the chickens.
  2. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler extrodinaire Premium Member

    Jul 11, 2014
    Orrock township, Minnesota
    Welcome to BYC...

    Good luck on the chicken venture...

    BTW I never decide on anything until my wife tells me how many I think I need.
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator

    Love the last bit about your wife - i think she must have been talking to mine!

  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Good luck with your new chicken adventures :fl Im sure you will enjoy them very much, they fare fab to keep!! Lots of fun and very rewarding too. The chicken TV is great as you watch them go about their chicken business.

    Be sure to ask any question, everyone here to help and very friendly.

    Enjoy BYC and all the chicken chat :frow
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. Which area of north Texas are you in? My wife and I were both raised in NE Texas. :eek:) Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
  6. Gridguru

    Gridguru Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2016
    Dallas, TX area.
    Much appreciated. We are in Flower Mound (just North of the Airport).
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Glad you joined us at Backyard chickens. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do..[​IMG]
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    My wife and I were raised not too far from where you are (Blue Ridge for her, Greenville for me). :eek:)
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  10. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright Lurkers welcome, [​IMG] great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]

    BYC has a very useful Learning Center it's a wealth of information [​IMG]

    Sounds like you are well informed and the coop sounds nice may be you could put up some photos when you finish it [​IMG]

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