Brand new chick owner

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dreammaker8482, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. dreammaker8482

    dreammaker8482 Out Of The Brooder

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    So, as of this morning I am a brand new chick owner, and I couldn't be happier! I have 3 Black Australorps, 3 RIR, and 2 White somethings...oh dear, I forgot. I have them all set up in a handy dandy brooder I made, and I am going to build their chickie condo this weekend. Any advice about anything would be great! This is my first time you know [​IMG]!!!
     
  2. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Decide how big you want to build your coop and then double it! There is always that one more chicken or two that happen to come along.
     
  3. dreammaker8482

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    Well, I wanted to do an 8x8, but if I double it, I think my boyfriend will kick me out of the house and make me live with the chickens. Which I'm sure would be fun, but my family might have me committed....[​IMG]
     
  4. RoostersCrow

    RoostersCrow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Remember your math!

    8x8 = 64

    12x12 = 144 (looks only 1/2 again as big...)

    144 / 64 = 2.25 x More Chickens!

    On behalf of the male population I submit that:

    Many boyfriends aren't "good at math"

    Other boyfriends will get so caught up in the math that they won't see where the answer is heading

    Others will just accept the argument that you don't want your chickens to be crowded.... [​IMG]
     
  5. dreammaker8482

    dreammaker8482 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thats pretty funny. Although, I do still need room to fit my garden in there somewhere. We just recently moved out of the city and into the wide open country [​IMG] and I am going for the whole grow what you eat idea. But to clarify, I will NOT be eating the chickens. I just can't eat pets. I am half tempted to go buy a big storage shed and convert it. That could be neat...
     
  6. RoostersCrow

    RoostersCrow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Storage shed conversions can be great. Sometimes you will see them "free - U haul" in the paper too.
     
  7. Grass

    Grass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i did an 8x8 for my 12 chickens.and also doing a run for them that is 8x20 i think thats plenty of space for them.after the dogs get use to them i'll let them run the yard thru the day.
     
  8. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

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    I think I'm going to convince my DH that each chicken needs 6 sq ft of space... [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  9. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If you want a convincing visual take masking tape and lay out a 2 x 3 rectangle on the floor. That is the total space that chicken has to live in indoors. I know a few who have done it and it did work.
     
  10. dreammaker8482

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    Thanks! I might try that! So far the chicks are doing great, and quite funny to boot. So far I have the squawker, the shy girl, and the love bug. I am sure the others will make their personalities known here soon![​IMG]
     

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