Greetings from southern californiaThe

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bradw, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. bradw

    bradw New Egg

    Mar 19, 2009
    Southern California
    Just wanted to take a minute and say hello. Im new here and also new to raising a few hens. The boss finally gave in yesterday and is going to let myself and my two young daughters get a few hens. It took six months but we finally wore her down.

    I want to build a A frame coop and I seen lots of photos but would really appreciate if anyone can point my daughters and I to a site that offers free detailed directions for a a frame. For those of you that read mother earth news mag, I like the one in the february/march issue. I would also like to be able to tilt it up say 45 degrees or so so I can clean it out. I have decided to have a earth floor with 8 icnhes or so of organic bedding and want to be able to tilt it over, rake up the old hay and poop and dispose of it very easily.

    We will be getting hens that are about 12 weeks old. I read that at about 24 weeks they start laying. Do they just start laying on thier own or do we need to introduce a rooster. We will be eating the eggs so fertilization of the eggs is not needed. Sorry if this is very basic but I'm a city boy trying to bring a little country life into the lives of my 7 & 5 year old daughters.

    Thank you for any replies

  2. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
  3. patyrdz

    patyrdz The Madd Hatcher

    Feb 26, 2009
    Southern Pines, NC
    Hi and welcome from North Carolina! You do not need a rooster for your hens to lay eggs![​IMG]
  4. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    Welcome!!! [​IMG]
  5. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN
  6. pw_quiltworks

    pw_quiltworks One Handy Chick

    Jan 7, 2009
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  7. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Glad to have you with us WELCOME!!!!

  8. n-da-woods

    n-da-woods Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2009
    North Carolina
    Hello [​IMG] and WELCOME to BYC from NC
  9. Dandelion007

    Dandelion007 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 7, 2008
    Durant, OK
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