Originally Posted by urb2165
I have recently retired. I live in an established neighborhood. I have two backyard sections approximately 20 x 30 feet each enclosed with brick fences. One section has a 10 x 10 fenced in area that a long time ago I used for my two labs, the floor is old bricks. I am thinking of using this area for chickens. The top is not covered as the other fenced in walls are not covered. The back walls are protected by the back go my brick house. I am thing of adding a fiber glass roof and leaving the walls open to the climate here in SC. Any suggestions concerning type of chickens and how many would be appreciated. I am thinking of buying chickens for eggs.
Oh - lucky you! Retirement is so great. You have time -- (I love being retired) -- And what fun to start your chicken adventure in a nice mild climate.
some questions to ask yourself as you get started. It sounds like you have some good ideas and a really nice place for your chickens.....
- Do you plan to get babies - and raise them, or pullets that are started or POL?
- If babies, are you allowed to keep a rooster, - do you even want to have one? One of my breeds is "autosexing" - and that means that the day they hatch, I know for certain that they are male or female. So often people can only have females, but a 'surprise' male shows up in the bunch -- and they have to find a way to rehome it. So you could consider Cream Legbars and be sure that you have an egg layer right from the get-go. They lay blue-shelled eggs (some lay greenish or green) -
- Is there a chance that predators are in your area? One of the very worst is raccoons, there are opossums - and in cities feral cats. All three of these can sometimes make short work of walls especially if there are nearby trees. raccoons and opossums can be found in urban areas -- since they are nocturnal they aren't often seen...
- Heat can be more destructive to chickens well-being than cold -- extremes of both are bad. Fiberglass roof could make a greenhouse effect and trap heat in your chicken pen... If the area gets hot -- then shade for your flock will be really important
- One chicken raising approach is coop and run. A safe run will protect them from predators and keep them in -- usually this is some kind of wire - most often 'hardware cloth' -- The coop is where they spend the night and needs a good roost for them, and then -- of course a nesting box for those eggs you will be getting.
One really good choice to start with is 'golden comet' or any of the "red sex-links" and another good one is 'black sex-link" -- they may have various names. Both breeds are calm and friendly and amusing and they lay large and frequent brown eggs. - another fun choice is 'Easter Egger' -- these will probably lay green eggs.
You may want to consider the non-brick side of your yard for your chickens. Taking up brick if the whole area is paved sounds like a TON (literally) of work.
so here are some chickens for you to consider:
- Golden comet or any red sex-link
- black sex-link
- Easter Egger
Good luck with your adventure!!
Edited by ChicKat - 3/28/16 at 6:39am