Hello ...from Lake Wales, Florida

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by RhondaS, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. RhondaS

    RhondaS New Egg

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    My husband and I recently sold all our horses and being a "country" girl, I said I had to have some kind of critters...so now I have a nice chicken pen and nesting boxes waiting for a few chickens. We would like good layers and since I know very little about
    chickens can anyone help me as to the best best breed and how many for a 10x10 pen?
     
  2. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome! There are a LOT of choices for laying breeds. Do you want brown eggs, white eggs, blue or green eggs? Do you want really friendly and calm birds or do you not care if they are neurotic scardy-birds if you get more eggs?

    And they recommend 4 sq ft of coop space per bird plus plenty of room in a run or free range.
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Hi, Rhonda, welcome to BYC. Decide exactly what you want in/from your birds and access the 'breeds' forum as suggested by redsoxs.
     
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    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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    [​IMG]Welcome to BYC!! Glad you joined.
     
  8. RhondaS

    RhondaS New Egg

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    Thanks, all of you for welcoming me to BYC and for the advice. We bought a breeding pair of Black Australorps and two Red Bantam Cochin hens...love all of them. one more question...when the chickens are in the run they scratch dirt in the water and feed, how do I keep it clean?
     
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    chickenpooplady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from Highland County Ohio and God Bless!!!
     
  10. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck on that! But raising it off the ground helps. I have my waterer up on two large bricks and the feeder is hung in the coop (they scratch less in there). Chickens have a talent for getting things in the water. At least they aren't pooping in it...
     

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