A Newbie's Journey

By smitty775 · Sep 20, 2013 · ·
  1. smitty775
    My chicks are on their way. I ordered them from Ideal Hatchery. I ordered 10 to start with but plan to increase to 50. The brooder is set up and ready to go. I am using an old metal water trough I once used for goats. My grandson insisted that the brooder be set up in his room. I figured what's the harm we can always move it later

    Started on the chicken coop. Building it inside a barn I already have. Making the coop 12X12 with an outside run 24X24. I hope that is enough for my plan of 50 chickens. Tonight I completed one wall and installed the door. Two walls are part of the barn that is already there. The fourth wall is studded up ready for Osb plywood. One side of the ceiling joists are nailed in too.

    I am using this as exercise too. I am 4 months post op from total. Knee replacement. At 55 years old I am not ready to throw in the towel yet.

    I almost forgot. I ordered 4 Buff Orpington-2Barred Rock-2Easter Egger-2 Buff Brahmas

    I will update later

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  1. smitty775
    Thank you for all the wonderful comments. I now understand I will have to increase my coop size. My chicks are now 9 days old and doing great I ordered them from Ideal Hatchery, ordered 10 and received 15. I'm sure the extra 5 are roosters. The knee is doing well but very sore. Got to keep it moving. When do I start adding grit to their diet?
  2. Brookliner
    24x24=576 sq ft. divide 50 birds into that gives you 11.52 sq ft per bird which exceeds the recommended 10 sq ft per bird. The 12x12 coop gives you only 144 sq ft per bird less than the recommended 4 sq ft per bird. You would need to enlarge the coop portion to 12x16.5 to achieve the recommended 4 sq ft per bird.
    I have had 2 total knee replacements and commend your taking on this task. 10 years post my surgery I am finally doing my building projects. Except the kneeling down parts which my DH is doing for me. My favorite new tool has been my 18v cordless impact driver for all the screws I have used. Especially for putting up the hardware cloth.
  3. Whittni
    Good luck.
  4. foreverlearning
    That is more than enough for what you are getting now, but not enough room for 50. The coop itself could work with roosts that make the most of your space but you will in the end want more room for the run. We all alter as our flock grows and you can always add run space later. Think of it as more exercise for later :). Good job in using what is already there! Post some pictures when you finish it so we can all see. Your knee will only go as far as you let it, when it hurts (and it will) keep it moving to lessen the pain overall. I know it is not easy. Good for you for not letting it keep you down!

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