1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Brand new, excited, and willing to listen!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Brennychicks, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. Brennychicks

    Brennychicks Out Of The Brooder

    25
    2
    31
    Oct 15, 2013
    Northern California
    Good evening from San Jose, California.
    I am new to chickens, and will start my flock this coming May when my daughter's pre-school hatches their eggs! We have wanted them for years and now have a perfect situation to begin our flock.
    After doing a bit of research, I would like to get Orpingtons as I understand that they are great with children and are very smart. I understand that they get about 10lbs and want to be sure that they have enough space. The hope is to have 3-4 hens. The dimensions that we plan on using for the coop and run are shown below. Please let me know if you think this is sufficient space for these dear animals, as I really want to do right by these birds.

    COOP- 4'x4'x6' with an external nesting box
    NESTING BOX- 12"x12"
    RUN- 7'x8' and tall enough for a human to walk in

    Thank you for your thoughts.
     
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2013
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    80,987
    8,096
    766
    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] General rule of thumb is 4 sq.feet per bird in the coop, and 10 sq.feet per bird in the run. I think you mean nesting boxes - you really don't want birds sleeping in them because then, they will potty all over the eggs. Usually nest boxes are blocked off until the birds start laying eggs. Then you open them up and might want to put a golf ball or two in the nesting boxes to show them where eggs should go. No matter how many nest boxes you have chickens tend to want to use the same one. Sometimes they will even wait in line or climb on top of the present resident and lay an egg on top of her. Chickens are truly weird but, lovable.
     
  3. Brennychicks

    Brennychicks Out Of The Brooder

    25
    2
    31
    Oct 15, 2013
    Northern California
    Yes, thank you. I meant nesting box.
    Good to know about the coop. We will design it bigger, thanks!
     
  4. HS Pye

    HS Pye Chillin' With My Peeps

    386
    11
    83
    Sep 13, 2013
    Texas
    Welcome to BYC! The dimensions sound good to me. Are you going to let them out of the pen to free range? I agree with your choice of the chicken breed. Orpingtons are great birds. If those don't work out someway, I'd recommend you the White Plymouth Rock. They have the same qualities and are very fun birds. ; )

    HS Pye
     
  5. Bluebee

    Bluebee Overrun With Chickens

    23,652
    34
    308
    Jul 30, 2012
    Cali
    Welcome to BYC!!! [​IMG] Glad to have you here!
     
  6. Brennychicks

    Brennychicks Out Of The Brooder

    25
    2
    31
    Oct 15, 2013
    Northern California
    Thank you for your reply. Yes, we will allow them the run of the yard when we are outside with them. I am a full time teacher, and my husband works full time as well, so during the week I expect that they will have free-range about an hour and a half or so a day... likely more on the weekends.
    Should we worry about them flying over the fence during this free-range time?!?
     
  7. HS Pye

    HS Pye Chillin' With My Peeps

    386
    11
    83
    Sep 13, 2013
    Texas
    How high is your fence? If you do ever have problems then just clip or tape their wings. Happy chicken raising!

    HS Pye
     
  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    35,986
    7,442
    646
    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  9. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    Welcome and enjoy!
    Steve.[​IMG]
     
  10. Teri Metcalf

    Teri Metcalf Chillin' With My Peeps

    588
    68
    138
    Aug 22, 2013
    College Station, Texas
    Greetings from Texas! I grew up in your area in the 1950s & 60s, before it became Silicon Valley. Have fun with your chickens.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by