Black Australop and/or Black Star?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by meginfl, Dec 14, 2007.

  1. meginfl

    meginfl New Egg

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    Dec 14, 2007
    West, TN
    I am new here and have learned so much. Thanks to all who share their advice and opinions. I have a few questions.

    Tomorrow I am picking up 5 4 mo.old pullets. I have Black Australops or Black Stars to choose from. These are my first chickens in over 30 years and I will be raising them just for eggs.

    Should I get some of each breed or all one breed? I can not have roosters here

    We have built a 12' long by 5' wide by 6' tall A frame structure. One 4' end section is enclosed with wood with a ridge vent on the roof, the other 8' is enclosed with 1/2 welded wire with the bottom open to the grass. It has wheels on one end so I can move it around the property.

    Is this big enough for the hens to live in as long as I move it frequently?

    Should I put wire on the bottom too?

    I have an outdoor cat and have Hawks and Ospreys here so don't think I can let them run loose on the property. I do have a fenced area that used to be a dog run. There has not been dogs in there for over 6 months.

    Is it safe for the hens to forage in there?

    Thanks for any advice [​IMG]

    Megan in FL
     
  2. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    I would get both as both are good layers, that way you would have both breeds.
     
  3. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2007
    Henderson, NC
    I agree, get both
     
  4. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    5 hens in a tractor that size, sounds like plenty of room.
    I would get a few of each. I love both my black star and Australorp. They are friendly and lay pretty consistently.

    You could probably just free-range them whenever you are home to watch them if you are worried about predators. As long as you move the tractor frequently, I don't think you'll have a problem with them being bored.
     

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