Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Display results as :


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Texas Dream garden 2017
by sanderson Today at 1:04 am

» Rolly Pollys
by sanderson Today at 1:01 am

» Saving cantaloupe from cucumber beetle?
by Scorpio Rising Today at 12:52 am

» Lil' Goners
by Scorpio Rising Today at 12:45 am

» Ground Cherries
by Scorpio Rising Today at 12:41 am

» Excited to be a part of forum
by Kelejan Today at 12:37 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in May 2017
by Kelejan Today at 12:26 am

» Hello from St Louis
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:52 pm

» Strawberry protection
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:49 pm

» Amaranth
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:26 pm

» Double summer squash flower
by sanderson Yesterday at 8:45 pm

» Bryan Greenbeard of Minnesota's 2017 Plans
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 8:33 pm

» New in NY...Hi all
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 7:44 pm

» New England May 2017
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 4:07 pm

» Yard and garden Maintenance Gadgets
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:57 pm

» Natural Dying ~ The Thyme to Dye is Coming!
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:31 pm

» Turan in the Western Mountains
by Turan Yesterday at 3:19 pm

» New For 2017
by Turan Yesterday at 2:24 pm

» Planting tomatoes, cucumbers and squash back to back on wire mesh trellis.
by Veganist Yesterday at 2:17 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 12:35 pm

» Carrot Week 2017!
by Fiz Yesterday at 10:44 am

» Hello from TN
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 9:11 am

» Tips for compost tumbler
by jimmy cee Yesterday at 7:59 am

» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 7:36 am

» Using Eggshells for your garden
by yolos Yesterday at 1:00 am

» Lower South May 2017
by Scorpio Rising 5/25/2017, 10:44 pm

» N&C Midwest: May is here! 2017
by Scorpio Rising 5/25/2017, 10:38 pm

» Maritime SGFG 2017
by yolos 5/25/2017, 9:38 pm

» has55's R & D Journey
by has55 5/25/2017, 4:26 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver 5/25/2017, 2:00 pm


Search SFG Forum

Calling all chicken owners

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Calling all chicken owners

Post  llama momma on 2/26/2017, 8:27 pm

I have wanted chickens for the last 4 years.  Placed an order last week for a half dozen egg layers.

Could I please have some of your best tips from your experience?
Any aspect of ownership is appreciated.  Your favorite books or websites would be helpful, I found some but I'd be interested in your favorites.

I understand predator proofing is very important for this area. No bears or loose dogs, but everything else that's wild seems to run by or flies by here.  I'm double fencing and burying the fence I think about a foot below the soil, does that sound right to you?  Using hardware cloth not the octagon wire sold as chicken wire.   The coop and runs will be located inside the llama pasture to help deter predators.  Ventilation especially in winter is important too, so what worked well for you ?    Thank you so much !

Last edited by llama momma on 2/26/2017, 8:30 pm; edited 2 times in total (Reason for editing : spelling)
llama momma

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4778
Join date : 2010-08-20
Age : 60
Location : Central Ohio zone 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Calling all chicken owners

Post  RoOsTeR on 2/27/2017, 9:56 am

You'll need the chicken bible

Best website for chickens hands down

Personally, I have found taking wire down a foot a waste of time and effort. Hard bottom is best in a coop or where possible. If you can't do hard bottom, actually bury welded wire under entire area. Or at least place on ground under structure, run etc.
Skunks and coons are crafty. I lost over 30 chickens one night to a skunk.
We free range when we can, but fox, hawks, eagles, coyotes, and once a dog have all made off with chicken for dinner. Right now, everything is hungry and hunting so we have all fowl confined to runs.
If possible, get a rooster.


I am my gardens worst enemy.

Forum Administrator

Male Posts : 4231
Join date : 2011-10-04
Location : Colorado Front Range

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Calling all chicken owners

Post  countrynaturals on 2/27/2017, 11:26 am

Fresh Eggs Daily -- great videos They also promote products I never knew existed and tips for keeping chickens happy and healthy.

Female Posts : 1929
Join date : 2016-04-12
Location : Redding, CA

View user profile http://countrynaturals.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Calling all chicken owners

Post  llama momma on 2/28/2017, 11:57 am

Thank you Rooster and countrynaturals !  Much appreciated. 
If anyone else has some thoughts, I'm all ears.
llama momma

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4778
Join date : 2010-08-20
Age : 60
Location : Central Ohio zone 6a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Calling all chicken owners

Post  Kelejan on 3/1/2017, 11:51 am

They are still talking about keeping chickens in our town; only as an experiment with a total of six chicken owners.  I believe that it is possible that one day the time will come when everyone will be keeping chickens just to survive, along with growing their own vegetables.

RoOsTeR  No way will they allow you here in the city limits.  Sad

Female Posts : 4830
Join date : 2011-04-24
Age : 82
Location : Castlegar, British Columbia

View user profile http://www.castlegarinkspot.ca

Back to top Go down

Re: Calling all chicken owners

Post  has55 on 3/1/2017, 11:58 am

[url=http://www.pvcplans.com/NARROW PORTABLE POULTRY PEN-9-29-11.pdf]portable Poultry pen from PVC[/url]

Posts : 1483
Join date : 2012-05-10
Location : Denton, tx

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Calling all chicken owners

Post  Sponsored content

Sponsored content

Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum