Hello from NY

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bentley2010, Mar 13, 2016.

  1. bentley2010

    bentley2010 New Egg

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    Hello all. I've decided to try my hand at raising chickens, it is all new to me, I am just starting to lay out the area for the coop and need some help here about the birds. Do I only want hens? Or do I was roosters too? Is there a better egg layer. I'm not interested in eating the bird.
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    If you have no intention of hatching eggs or selling fertile eggs to others, I would suggest NO rooster. Your hens will lay just as many eggs without one and will be free of the harassment a rooster brings to a flock. Many are forgoing having a rooster because they often turn aggressive to humans once their hormones start raging. Welcome to BYC.
    You may want to visit the Learning center which is full of good information in re: many topics of the poultry world.
     
  3. bentley2010

    bentley2010 New Egg

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    Thank you, I appreciate any help I get. I want the best for my birds and have a lot to learn. I did find my way to the learning center, lots of great info. Thank you so much
     
  4. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    In addition to the rooster info drumstick diva passed on, keep in mind 1 rooster can handle about 10 ladies. If you were planning on starting smaller than that, I'd stick with females.

    It's nice to have you here...good luck to you!
     
  5. bentley2010

    bentley2010 New Egg

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    Thank you. Was thinking of going with 6 to start
     
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC. You have some great advice already. I'd suggest making your coop larger than you may initially intend, cos keeping chickens is addictive and you will for sure want more in the future.


    All the best
    CT
     
  7. bentley2010

    bentley2010 New Egg

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    I am planning on building a 4'X8' coop, maybe I should go 6'X8'. Planning on a fairly decent sized run, which brings up another question. Is there a rule of thumb for how big of a run you need per chicken?
     
  8. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    I believe the "magic number" is 10 sq ft per bird in the run, and 4 sq ft inside the coop per bird.
     
  9. bentley2010

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    Thank you very much, looks like I am gonna opt for the 6'X8' coop. I'm going to measure out the area that I have for my run and see what I have.
     
  10. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    You are most welcome

    CT
     

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