Hello From MS

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by ScottV, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. ScottV

    ScottV New Member

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    I'm very glad I found this forum. I moved from the city to the country 8 years ago. I'm retired and my wife and I love animals and we eat lots of eggs. I have an unoccupied dog pen which is 20' x 20'. I plan on making a frame using PVC and covering the pen with bird netting. I'll be building a 4' x 8' coop next to the pen and I hope to get 10 to 12 hens. I'm doing lots of reading about breeds and such right now. I'll probably be asking lots of questions and hopefully not make a nuisance of myself. Lol
     
  2. Keith

    Keith New Member

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    Thanks for joining Scott, we look forward to your questions and watching your build once you start it.
     

  3. Sundancers

    Sundancers New Member

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    Hello & Welcome!

    Jump right in!
     
  4. ronbo

    ronbo New Member

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    Where do you live at in MS? I live in Flora, MS.
     
  5. Yolk

    Yolk New Member

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    Welcome to the forum.
     
  6. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    Hi from New Jersey. I'm in pretty much the same boat as you. I'm just getting started and hope to learn from all the collective experience. People on these chicken websites are really terrific.
     
  7. TajMaCluckCoop

    TajMaCluckCoop Not so Junior-Junior Member

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    Hi ScottV, glad you're here! Don't know much about the weather in MS or what breed of chicken you're thinking about but the rule of thumb is 4 sq ft per bird inside and 10 sq ft outside. Now in CT with a lot of snow, my large fowl girls need all that space. Maybe not so much in MS and not with Silkies.... And plan big to avoid needing a second coop when you learn chicken math!

    Good luck!
     
  8. ScottV

    ScottV New Member

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    I'm almost through with my coop. It's 8x8 with about 2 ft of it framed off with chicken wire for food and supply storage. I have four nest boxes with lids where i can collect the eggs from outside. I've got a sliding chicken door leading out to a 20x25 dog pen that I'm going to top with bird netting. I've got a rope leading to the outside of the coop where I can raise or lower their door without going inside. I've got 6 Rhode Island Reds and 6 Barred Rock chicks which are a week old now and in a brooder. I'll probably never collect enough eggs to pay for the coop but I'm not going into raising chickens as a means of income. It's going to be a hobby with fresh eggs as a reward.
     
  9. nntramp

    nntramp New Member

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    What breeds are u considering
     
  10. ScottV

    ScottV New Member

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    Rhode Island Reds and Barred Rocks.
     
  11. 7chicks

    7chicks New Member

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    Good starter choices! That's what I started with too. Very hardy for any kind of weather. Good foragers and excellent egg layers! Friendly breeds, big personalities.