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This weekend I will get my first chicken coop. It will have 6 laying beds and will be a inclosed area for them to range. The coop comes with a kennel type thing with it to give them the outdoor time needed. I would love to have free range chickens but fear my dogs would kill them plus we live on a busy farm road. Some info I would like is the basics. My mother used to raise chickens but I barely remember how she cared for them. Any tips on bedding preferred and what all grains they need to have. Any advice for this newbie would be great
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Hi welcome-byc.gif

Glad you could join the flock! The learning centre would be a great place for you to check out, here is the link ~http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center
As for bedding I've used a few things including straw, wood shavings and sand. All with their pros and cons. At the minute because it's winter I have them on shavings but in summer I use sand as it's cooler for them. Depending on what age your birds are will depend what food you will need to give them. Younger pullets who are not laying yet don't need the extra calcium layer feed gives so a flock raiser would be best for them. You can keep all birds on a flock raiser with oyster shell on the side for any that are laying.


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Hi and a warm welcome to BYC. You have great advice already from my tribesmate, so i'll just say a big hello !

 

All the best

 

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. X2 on Yorkshire coop's advice. Unfortunately dogs and chickens rarely mix well. We get lots of posts from new members who are shocked because their seemingly benign dog (even small breeds like chihuahuas) suddenly and unexpectedly decided to chase and kill their chickens. Dogs typically seem to view chickens either as prey or else as chew toys. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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This weekend I will get my first chicken coop. It will have 6 laying beds and will be a inclosed area for them to range. The coop comes with a kennel type thing with it to give them the outdoor time needed. I would love to have free range chickens but fear my dogs would kill them plus we live on a busy farm road. Some info I would like is the basics. My mother used to raise chickens but I barely remember how she cared for them. Any tips on bedding preferred and what all grains they need to have. Any advice for this newbie would be great

Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined the flock! I use wood shavings in the nest boxes and floors. My run I'm trying to grow some grass in their and leaving some dirt pits to allow them dust bathing and allow them to eat pebbles to help digestion. I use a complete feed laying hen feed mixed with cracked corn. I also give oyster shells when needed. Here's the feed I use a long with the nutrition tag.

 

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Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
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Did a moth know that the flame was going to change her life forever, or did she simply fly towards that heated embrace, knowing it would offer her something she couldn't give herself? In the end, the answer didn't really matter. The moth had never wanted the choice. -Joey W. Hill-
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:welcome

 

You've already been given some great advice, so I'll just say it's nice to have you join us!

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Glad you joined us at Backyard chickens.  I like to recommend the  "Raising Backyard chickens ," forum  and also joining your state thread.  You may find local BYCERS, who generally are very willing to share their knowledge.

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