Best Beginner Breeds for Northeast Ohio

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by EmmZ95, Jun 20, 2019.

  1. EmmZ95

    EmmZ95 Hatching

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    I'm in dire need of some assistance. I live in northeast ohio which I'm sure many of you are aware can go through all 4 seasons in one day. My goal right now are egg layers, but I would like them to be dual meat and layers. My coop right now is a 6ftx2.5ft with 4 boxes and they will have a run as well. I unfortunately can't let them go free range due to my neighbors. Im hoping to start with 8-10 chicks. Any advice would be very appropriated!
     
  2. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

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    Your coop is only big enough for a max of 3 full grown chickens. There is no way you can fit 8-10 in there.
     
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  3. EmmZ95

    EmmZ95 Hatching

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    I was told by the guy I got my coop from it can fit up to 12. It has 2 perches and a landing separate from the floor. The boxes are also 2.5ft wide and I was told that hens nest together.
     
  4. featheredplanets

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    Then that guy needs a reality check. Cramming 12 chickens into a 15sqft coop is just asking for trouble. Bullying, disease, stress (which leads to a great number of issues)...

    They need at least 3-4sqft per bird in the coop. 10sqft per in the run. 1ft of roost space per bird. And at least 1 nest box to every three hens.
     
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  5. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    :welcome Glad having you join us. You'll find this site very informative with all the experience for Members around the World ;)

    It is highly recommended the have 4sq ft per chicken in a coop and 10sq ft per in the run. Prevents alot of heartache. Your planned coop is not sufficient for the amount your desire. I would strongly advise you to research in depth the needed space in a coop/run for chickens, have it in place PRIOR to your getting any chicks. They do grow faster than you'd be able to get a coop.

    It's good that you're researching breeds prior to jumping into getting any. You preferring dual purpose, I would recommend Orpingtons, Wyandottes, Australorps and there are others but these are my favorites. Others will have their favorites.

    Assuming your chickens will be used for eggs & meat, have you researched culling? I thought I could but after raising, decided not for me :rolleyes:
     
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  6. featheredplanets

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    x2 on the breeds
     
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