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do i have all of the right information on chickens

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Chickens

I’m designing a community farm and I was wondering if you could  read over my care sheet and tell me if there’s any wrong information or things you would do differently.

 

Questions

 

Write up 

Chicken

 

Special care

 

Temperament

Roosters aggressive without breeding.

Disease symptoms

 

Cost

Egg cost 30$ per 12

Chick cost  5$

Chicken cost

Rooster cost

Chick starter to grower feed amount 1.9lbs

Grower to finisher 5.65lbs

Breeding, laying and rooster amount 7.5lbs per month

Enclosure

 

Size

2sf

Height

24 inches  

Fence type

Chicken Wire

Shelter

Small barn

Nest box

 

Equipment

 Food, water, grit, calcium dish, nest box

Terrain

Dirt preferably grass

 

Diet

 

Feed type

18% maintainer added calcium with roosters in pen, layer feed for egg

Amount

 Constant

Minerals/other

grit

Breeding

 

Sexing

Roosters bigger tails and comb, females more plain

Ratio

 1-10

Age

 Female 18 weeks, Male 16, stops at 5 year

Season

Yearly 14 hour lighting

Diet

Calcium dish

Nest box

12x12x14 inches

Eggs

 

Clutch size and numbers per year

Every day 14 hour lighting

Collecting time

 Morning

Storing

12 days, room temperature, 75 humidity

Hatch time

21

Incubation temp

100

Humidity

50%

Candling

Every 7 days

Stop turning

18 

Lock down

70-80  %

Move to brooder

Dry

Hatch rate

Half male and half female.

Brooder

Size

1 sf

Height

 

Temperature decreasing

6 weeks

Feed type length

Chick starter 3 weeks (1.9lbs each)

Chick grower 4-6 weeks (5.65lbs each)

Chick finisher 7-18 weeks

Special nutrients

Grit

Grow out pen

 

Size

3 sf

Feed type length

Maintainer, layer without rooster

 Butcher

 

Butcher age

 16 weeks

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The fence is a little short.  The flighty breeds and the young DPs can easily go over two feet with only a little motivation.

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I'm not understanding what eggs cost $30 a dozen? is that your cost to produce eggs?

 

Enclosure, you say 2 square feet--is that per bird? That's very cramped for most folks' flock. 

 

How many birds are you planning on keeping?

 

Why are you storing eggs for 12 days at 75% humidity before incubation?

 

You're planning on keeping the adult birds for five years? I'm not sure the hens will be productive that long with year round lighting. 

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Chicken wire is to keep chickens in, most people have problems with predators, so need a much more heavy duty fence.
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Originally Posted by donrae View Post
 

I'm not understanding what eggs cost $30 a dozen? is that your cost to produce eggs?

 

Enclosure, you say 2 square feet--is that per bird? That's very cramped for most folks' flock. 

 

I think that's hatching egg cost....and 2sqft for chick brooder.

 

 

@shanezoobuild....Very odd and hard to read outline...I see you've posted similar lists in other bird forums here since last July.

 

It's not a bad start for a list of things to learn, but rather unorganized and some of the info is incorrect.

Some of your headings require very detailed responses with many variables to take into consideration.

Popping it all into a thread an expecting to receive all the answers is rather inconceivable, IMO.

 

I suggest you use this list to start a note file for reference, and add to it as you learn what you need to do whatever you're attempting to undertake.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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