Also, with free ranging they will tear up the gardens, flowers, veggies ect looking for bugs. Plus the dig up your yard. They will come onto your porch if its not enclosed. So, just know that.
I found one of mine on my lawn chair and she pooped on it.
Thats a good idea to try to convince your parents.
When I first started to raise chickens, I wanted them to learn their place in their coop and learn to lay their eggs in the nesting boxes. I wanted to spend close proximity time with them after they went outside to their coop. I wanted to be...
No and no.
1 Red sex link
2 Rhode Island Reds
3 Easter Eggers
2 Polish Bantums.
8 total. But, that is just what I ended up with.
You just need same size.
My two Polish had to be separated from them at 8 weeks.
I don't recommend Silkies with your other regular sized girls.
They run a high chance of being low on the pecking order. Being Bullied.
Stay with regular sized girls.
4 Reg size Pullets vs 2 silkies. Not good odds. Plus, with more feathering on legs and feet, you'll have more mite n lice...
He's thinking about 7 regular size Sex Link. Plus, it gets cold where he lives with nasty weather. Sometimes if its too ugly outside they stay inside so, yes he needs a larger coop with at least 5 sq ft per bird. 5x7=35 sq feet inside the coop to help prevent pecking and Bullying between them...
About the cost...
Look at Tractor supply web site. They sale coops on there. Then, check out and read what people wrote on BYC in the DIY coop section.
There is A LOT of coop info on here.
Me, I can't give you a dollar amount because we used recycled wood that we already had left over from...
Idk, but, you sure could ask?
If you get a Roo, raise it as livestock for awhile and then"Cull" it. People do put them on the dinner table you know-right?
At least you would know what it ate.
It would be good experience for you.
I did it to two Cockerels. They tasted great!!! Better than the...
Check out Tractor supply too.
They ship via Hoover Hatchery.
I order = 10 chicks.
If you order from anywhere READ the FINE PRINT. Have your parents Read the fine print too. VERY IMPORTANT.
you WILL want them VACCINATED and make sure you know HOW many come per order.
If you order 7, you can get...
You'll want to start looking at the Hatchery sites.
Look at the inventory and see if the females, aka: Pullets.
Some hatcheries have babies that are feathered out and might cost more but, then they can go straight to the coop.
They get mailed to your post office. You get notifies as soon as they...
according to the Sex link info,
These chickens are not known for aggression and can do well in smaller flocks with more human interaction.
You will be handling and sitting with all your baby chicks from day of arrival.
I handle mine everyday and do a "well" check inspection.
Some allow and want...
A puppy play pen could easily hold 10 chicks will room to run.
Since it gets cold where u are, consider the brooder & heater at Tractor Supply over a heat lamp.
Re: increase in a fire hazard.
You can also make one out of hardware cloth wire and zip tie it in a circle.
Plus you will need the wire...