Comments On - Setting Up Urban Chicken Coops

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Annie, Houston, TX
Posted: 10/21/2012 7:51:58 AM
I live in Chicago. I ordered our first coop/run online and quickly realized that I should not put more than 2 chickens in there. We opted for Plymouth Rocks in March and they are delightful. Who knew they were so sociable when they're hand-raised. They've had run of our small back yard. This year has taught us a lot and we're fairly confident that we can build our own coop/run next year and increase our 'flock'.
Sherri, Chicago, IL
Posted: 10/1/2012 9:48:30 AM
I live in Indianapolis where there are minimal regulations concerns a backyard flock. I've wanted chickens for several years and when a neighbor moved out a couple of years ago, they left behind pens they had built for their chickens. I'm not happy with their set-up, so I'm making modifications. I got 6 chicks for my birthday and I'm having fun watching them grow up and range through my backyard (sometimes even my front yard and they're trying to venture into the neighbors yards! Good thing my neighbors find it amusing!).
Carina, Indianapolis, IN
Posted: 4/22/2012 5:30:55 AM
I live in Florida where red tail hawks are a concern during the day for my free ranging flock. I've found that by stringing up a grid of heavy gauge fishing line over my suburban backyard, hawks are not an issue. The hawks can see the grid well enough to know they can't swoop in for lunch without it being an eyesore for my neighbors. In fact, none of my neighbors noticed the fishing line until I pointed it out to them; and I've never lost a bird to hawks in all my years keeping a flock.
Wendy, Melbourne, FL
Posted: 4/27/2011 3:14:22 PM
I am building a new coop now, and there is so much to consider when designing the coop. Thanks for the concise round-up of all the issues I should keep in mind.
Jess, Olympia, WA
Posted: 2/28/2011 12:45:44 AM
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