Hi all you BYCers.
The mrs. & I just moved to NM & got an acre of land to play with. After lurking in the shadows here for a few days, we're addicted to it. Nice, friendly & imformative here. I think we'll stay a while. That is if you kind ppl will have us??
After a kindly neighbor gave us 2 chicks, we decided to populate our land with chickens.
Now who would have thought 2 little fuzzballs would have made such an impact to make us decide to have 100?? LOL!!
Hey it's gotta be easier than goats!!
Anyhow, here are our/my concerns/questions. I'm sure they've been asked before but after lurking here for a few days & reading tons of threads, I find I'm more confused than ever. Too much info on this site for my old,tired brain to comprehend.
#1) I have a 15'L x 12'W x 12'H. outbuilding that I'm going to convert into a coop. How many chickens & nesting boxes can I fit in there comfortably?
I was thinking I could possibly build the boxes 2-3 high but wanted others opinions on this as I'm not sure about the birds above pooping on the ones below them. I'm sure they will at some point.
#2)I want meat & egg chickens so I was going to get different brreds of pullets this week. The chickens I plan to get are Barred Rocks, Buff Rocks, Black Australorpes, & something called a Red Broiler.
Can I put different breeds in the same coop or are they going to attack each other?
Since I'm going to the hatchery in person, I figure all of them will be about the same age regardless of breed.
#3)How old is a pullet & how soon will they begin laying eggs?
#4)I've read that you don't need a rooster to get eggs but will those eggs be fertilised as to become chicks or do I need that rooster in with the hens? There are already 5 huge roosters next door to me.
#5)Will a dirt floor in my coop be ok or is it better to build a wood floor in there?
Ok, sorry if this is dry or bland but one last ?
#6)Which did come first, the chicken or the egg?? LOL!!
Hi all you BYCers.