Originally Posted by mibs1415
Hi! I'm a high school senior trying (some what successfully) to convince my parents to let me get chickens. I have a family of 8 people... we go through a 3 dozen carton of eggs in about a week and a half. How many chickens do you think I need for my family?
Also how big of a coop will I need for them? I know the recommended 2-4 sq ft per bird... but I just need an approx. size. My dads issue with chickens is that he doesn't want an ugly coop that will decrease property value (I have a fairly large yard). How much approx. will a coop that's not too ugly and fits all the chickens I need cost?
It sounds like you live in a residential neighborhood. If you are within the city limits, can you have hens and how many can you have?
The number of eggs you get can vary by breed of chicken. Good laying hens will lay about five eggs each a week averaged out over a year.
So if you have five good laying hens that lay five eggs each a week, that would be 25 eggs a week. That would meet your needs.
You need 4 square feet of coop space per hen, so that means for five hens you need a 20-square-foot coop. You will also need a chicken run that is at least twice that large to allow the hens to walk around in the sunshine and scratch at the grass and dirt.
Some of the best egg-laying breeds are: Leghorns, Rhode Island Reds, Australorps, and Sex-Link hybrids.
Here is a resource with information about popular chicken breeds.