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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Dwmac82, Apr 25, 2018.

  1. Dwmac82

    Dwmac82 In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2018
    Northwest New Jersey
    Hello everyone,
    My wife and I had been talking about wanting our own chickens for a few years and this spring was the year we decided to do it. I'm in a rural part of Northwest New Jersey and there are plenty of farms around so we have good resources and suppliers nearby.
    We got six pullets and three Rouen ducks in early March. The pullets are comprised of three amberlinks and three black sex links. Now that they're 8-9 weeks old I'm suspicious that I only have 4 pullets and 2 roosters. Which really knocks my potential egg harvest down a few notches. I'll post a picture if anyone thinks they can tell me for sure. Just finished the coop mostly and now I'm working on the run .Coop is 6x8 with a high ceiling and the run will be 8x12. Lemme know what you think. Tips, ideas etc... Thanks!

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  2. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
    Hello and welcome to BYC. If you can get profile pics, I'd suggest posting here - https://www.backyardchickens.com/forums/what-breed-or-gender-is-this.15/

    For coop appraisal, post pics here - https://www.backyardchickens.com/forums/coop-run-design-construction-maintenance.9/

    On this link you'll find lots of information on almost every aspect of keeping chickens - from coop building ideas, to incubating eggs - https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/

    There’s a link on the page above to the Learning Centre - it’s a great resource. If you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

    Each week, various topics are discussed, which can also be a great resource - https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/topic-of-the-week-thread-archive

    You can use this link to contact members in your area - Find Your State Thread

    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Rule of thumb is 4-5 sq. feet per bird in the coop excluding nest boxes and roosts. And
    10 sq. feet per bird in the outdoor run.
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Regarding gender, you can post photos of your chicks at "what breed or gender is this," they are now at a good age to sort them out.
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  5. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie Gallus gallus domesticus

    Feb 28, 2017
    Florida Peninsula
    My Coop
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  6. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki TwatterSpotter

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    :yesss: We are glad you joined this flock!
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  7. NonnasBabies

    NonnasBabies Muddy Acre Farms

    Sep 20, 2009
    Pride, La.
    :wee Welcome!!!
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  8. Joeschooks

    Joeschooks Just clucking around

    Feb 7, 2018
    Hampshire, UK
    My Coop
    :welcome I hope you enjoy the site :thumbsup
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  9. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

    Mar 31, 2011
    Woodland, CA
    My Coop
    Colorful welcome 2.gif

    You are off to a great start!

    Very nice coop
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  10. 007Sean

    007Sean No Peace Farms

    Oct 25, 2015
    South Central Texas
    Howdy :frow

    Welcome to Backyard Chickens. Thanks for sharing your pics!:clap
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