First time poster and kinda a newbie. Growing up we raised RIR's but haven't had chickens in 25 years so I need some pointers. Here are some details[SIZE
I am living in a residential/urban area..( I can have 4 hens in a proper enclosure) I got a TSC coop ( 84 in x 42 in 57 in) that I will already be reinforcing and I plan to have 3 or 4 hens. I know this coop gets mixed reviews hence why I'll re enforce because I really have no tools or the skill to built and this was cute and would look nice in a residential backyard. So here are some questions:
Since this will be stationary what would be the best to use as bedding that would be easy to clean and keep the girls happy?
Should I put plywood down and then bed it or just use bare ground? ( I am in central Florida...btw)
The chicks will be day old when I get them at what age can they go into the coop? I can't remember how long they were in our kitchen growing up...lol
What breeds will be best for this lifestyle? I can choose what I want and I'd like a mix...I know I was a Buff Offerinton but what others would be gentle, quite and get along well? I am not looking for mass egg production just enough for my family.
My yard is fenced would it be possible to let them out in yard? Would they go back into coop on there own at dusk or would I need to catch them? On the farm we didn't worry about it.
This is not a impulse buy or hobby I am just in a better time in my life for them and I know that this is a good time of the year to catch good deals on the stuff I will need to get started.
Anything info or suggestions would be greatly appreciated !!!!!