Another Flyboy...first time poster!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Flyboy718, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. Flyboy718

    Flyboy718 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,

    Just found out that we can have chickens in our backyard inside city limits! Max we can have is 6. My goals are to have fresh eggs, maybe a meat chicken a few times a year and finally, for my daughter who is now 5 to be able to show chickens at 4-H at some point. I guess right now goals are fresh eggs and expose my daughter to raising chickens. I have nothing yet and have to do this from the ground up...I want to do this with as little expense as possible. I also am kinda worried about rooster making noise in the morning waking neighboors up, the animal control officer said that would be a problem if it happens. How many roosters do I need for a flock of six chickens? Thanks, and I will need lots of help.
     
  2. NoseyChickens

    NoseyChickens Feathers On The Ground

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    I would only go with one rooster, and only if you want fertile eggs. Otherwise there is really no need. They are loud.

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  3. FarmCoe

    FarmCoe Flock Mistress

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    Trust me, you only need one rooster! Most factories use the ratio 1:100 roos to hens.

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  4. Flyboy718

    Flyboy718 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, dumb question, sorry...but do you have to have a rooster for egg laying purposes or does a hen just lay eggs? Please don't throw anything at me! HA!
     
  5. Flyboy718

    Flyboy718 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I found the answer to that question...you don't need a rooster. Next question, how many eggs will six hen's produce a week? I know this depends on variety and diet...so, answer that question too...what is a good egg laying bread and what to feed them?
     
  6. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC.[​IMG] You don't need roosters to maintain a flock. As far as egg laying goes, there are a lot of docile breeds that are good layers. I personally like a mixed flock with a varity color eggs. I really like my speckled Sussex, Easter egger(sold as Americana), rhode island red, frizzle Cochin and brahma. Actually, I love them all. We brought our chicks home before we even built a coop. Your chicks will need to be in a brooder with a heat lamp for the first 4-6 weeks. The more you handle your chicks, the friendlier they are. I know that first hand and have 8 lap chickens. Good luck! Our chicken experience has turned out so much better then we planned.
     
  7. Cadjien_De_Louisiane

    Cadjien_De_Louisiane SWLA Gamefowl Breeder

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    Hello and Welcome to BYC!
    Sound like an awesome plan. Fresh eggs are so good. I have a two year old daughter and she just loves helping me feed the chickens.
     
  8. Brookiesflock

    Brookiesflock Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 7 laying hens and NO rooster, they do just fine, I also have 10 silkies for my kids to show soon in 4H they love love them, and 1 beautiful Bronze breasted Turkey, just do as much HOMEWORK on care that you can, keep them safe and healthy and your flock will love you [​IMG]
     
  9. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

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    Congrats and have fun. You are getting good advice.

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  10. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     

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