finally finished with coop? Woopeeeeee!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by nccountrygirl, Aug 12, 2007.

  1. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    My DH finally finished the coop and run last night, it's been 2 weeks of hard work, NOW to the big question is, what kind of chickens to get, what kind of feed. HELP ME PLEASE
    I would love to hear from ya'll with suggestions and ideas. A big thanks go out to every one in the forum, I have learned soooo much in the little while that I have been a member
     
  2. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    OH gee............what kind do you like to look at? want eggs? I have barred rock hens...........all laying everyday for me.......and Australorp hens.that just started laying.I got a silver spangle hamburg roo for "eyecandy" [​IMG]
    I am sure some here can tell you the "best " layers, friendliset and all.........how exciting . [​IMG]
     
  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Well....I might suggest...looking at a few hatchery web pages....see what interest you. I personally love my RIR...and my Buff orps. They both lay large brown eggs....well the Buffs are not laying yet, but they are supposed too! LOL
    Also, check locally....do you want peeps or laying hens? Standard chickens or Bantams? Feather footed babies...crested...Ohhhh the possibilities!!!
    Congrats on getting the coop and run finished....and have fun. Make sure you update us with pics!!
     
  4. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    Hi there, yes we want eggs, we want to get about 8 pretty ladies, no studs. My DH wants large breed, I like Banties
     
  5. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

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    If planning to get from hatchery, you may want to check, some of them are done with certain breeds till next season, As far as feed, check with local stores, you probbably wont have a lot of choice, youll start with chick starter till about ready or starting to lay then switch over to a layer feed that has extra calcium& stuff needed for layers. I would say to go with BUCKEYES they are lot like RIR just better looking.

    P.S. where are the pictures
     
  6. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    Hey ya'll, I will send pics went there a ladies in their home. There is a
    man out side of town that has hens for sale that are already laying for 2 bucks apiece, we are suppose to get 8 this afternoon. Wish us luck.
    PS. We were told that they were good layers and large breed hens
     
  7. mdbucks

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    sounds good in that case skip the part about starter till ready to lay
     
  8. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Quote:Waht breed are they?
     
  9. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    Hey ya'll, I just talked to the man with the hens again to find out how old they were. Is 2 to 2 and a hlf yrs. to old to buy. need help fast
     
  10. mdbucks

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    My thought would be its not too old, but they may not lay as consistantly as a new pullet, but should already have gone through Moult, which usually means they lay a slightly larger egg too, They will lay for years, so its back to what you want out of the birds, If your wanting to have them as "PETS" too, it may take a while to get them to be friendly with you. There are posts on hear where members claim still laying at 8 years and older
     

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