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Chicken Poll for Small Business

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by HS Pye, Sep 16, 2013.

How many chickens do you own?

Poll closed Sep 28, 2013.
  1. 1-6

    2 vote(s)
    18.2%
  2. 7-12

    3 vote(s)
    27.3%
  3. 12-24

    3 vote(s)
    27.3%
  4. 25+

    3 vote(s)
    27.3%
  1. HS Pye

    HS Pye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sep 13, 2013
    Texas
    Hi All,

    I am currently trying to decide what size coop I should build for a small business. Please respond why you own your chickens and what type of coop you keep them in. Thank you.

    HS PYE
     
  2. Blackjack1392

    Blackjack1392 Out Of The Brooder

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    Feb 14, 2013
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I currently have 7 barred rock chickens. 6 hens and 1 rooster. They have an 8x4x4 coop that holds the nest boxes and roost poles, with an attached run that is 14x8x6. They stay inside the coop/run in the early morning until I let them out to free range and stay outside all day until they go inside to roost at night.
     
  3. chynasparks

    chynasparks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Jun 21, 2013
    Texas
    I have 2 Orpingtons and 2 RIRs. We built our own coop. It houses just the 4. It's a hobby for me. Now that doesn't mean I think of them as toys. They are pets and the eggs I am impatiently waiting for are a fringe benifits.
     
  4. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    In a perfect world I usually have 12 -15 Chickens; However now I have 10 Golden Comet hens and one Delaware Rooster. I have them housed in a salvaged 4x8 footprint metal shed with 3 levels. I keep them mainly for their manure and also their gardening ability (they prepare the soil for my vine crops when I move the run). Their eggs are a bonus for the table.

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    Last edited: Sep 16, 2013
  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Six layer tractors
    Three grow-out tractors.
    A rooster pen
    A fixed (static) henyard.

    Not sure how many total birds I have at the moment. Call it 100 or thereabouts. We sell table eggs and started pullets.
     
  6. MoonShadows

    MoonShadows The Jam Man

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    Jan 23, 2013
    Pocono Mtns
    My Coop
    I have 14 in a 10' x 8' coop with a 16' x 10' run. I will probably add more birds next year to bring it up to 20, but will keep that as my max with this coop and run.
     
  7. CedarAcres

    CedarAcres Sunny Side Up

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    Mar 18, 2013
    Connecticut
    My Coop
    Currently we have 20. We have three coops total (only using one now). Normally we have two coops with chickens, one with ducks. We have much more demand for our eggs than we can fulfill right now. We get about a dozen & a half per day. If you are planning on selling eggs, one of the things my customers love is getting multi colored eggs (blue, white, light brown, dark brown), especially those who have kids. We also have a greenhouse & sell veggie plants in the spring and fresh veggies & berries throughout the summer. I'd plan the size of your coop based on the number of eggs you'd like to get per day, and size your coop accordingly.
     

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