Egg layers

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Athurnasio, Jan 1, 2016.

  1. Athurnasio

    Athurnasio New Egg

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    Hello BYC happy new year.My 2016 resolution is to start an egg layer farm.What do I need,How do I build a good house n safe(requesting for a format to build) plz hlp
     
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Sounds like a fun new year's resolution! And you certainly picked the right place to start your journey.

    Here's some great links and areas to begin.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coops
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/68/forum-information-and-faqs
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/top-10-things-to-consider-before-buying-chickens
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-pick-the-right-chicken-breeds-for-you

    Best of luck to you! We're here to help in any way we can. Glad you joined our flock!
     
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  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock.Mountain Peeps has given you some good links to get you started. If you're going to actually have a laying farm that makes money, you will need to go with either White Leghorns (for white eggs) or Sex Links (for brown eggs). These are the best layers in the world and the hens used by commercial laying houses as they are egg laying machines that consistently churn out more than 300 large brown eggs per hen per year. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Happy New Year.
     
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  4. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! Please ask any questions you may have. There are many great coop designs on this website. Depends on if by egg layer farm as in where you want enough hens so you can have eggs for yourself and sell to others or just for yourself. 1 or 2 hens can produce enough eggs for you. I have 24 Black Australorp pullets and get 15-22 eggs a day right now. You would probably be looking at the number of hens I have more or less. It's up to you on how many you want. Top 3 egg laying breeds in my opinion are Australorps (my favorite), Sex Link, White Leghorn. I've raised those three and I recommend Sex Link/ Australorp. White Leghorns can be a little more on the easily spooked side while the other two are calm breeds. Also need an egg laying hen diet. Most feed stores have complete feeds that are already mixed for egg laying chickens. Also keep oyster shells on hand. Oyster shells can give your hens a boost in calcium when needed. Here's a picture of what I feed my chickens. Also I mix crack corn to their feed. 1lb of crack corn to 2lbs of laying hen crumbles.
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  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Have you done research to see if there is a strong market for what you want to sell? I'm guessing others in your area are also selling eggs. You may want to start on a small scale to see if this is really something you want to pursue, and if the $$ return will be within your hopes. Good luck with your project.
     
  6. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Good luck with your plans. If you are new to chickens, you might want to start off with just a few to learn with so you don't get overwhelmed.

    It's nice to have you here!
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

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