Hello ive got a lot of questions!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by 79caroche, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. 79caroche

    79caroche New Egg

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    Hello im new to this whole chicken raising thing and i was hoping you guys could give me the basics and some rules of thumb and answer some questions.
    Do i need a rooster to get eggs from hens?
    How old are hens before they lay etable eggs?
    I live in michigan so will my chickens still lay eggs in the winter?
    Will there coop stink if i keep it clean?
    How many chickens would i need to make enough eggs for 2-4 people?
    How many nesting areas do i need per chicken?
    Is a veriety in food better or is just chicken feed better?
    What should i keep in mind when biulding a coop?
    Sorry for all the questions im just really exited to start this venture and get some eggs
     
  2. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!!
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    Glad you joined us!!!


    Hope that helps!!
     
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  3. 79caroche

    79caroche New Egg

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    Thank you it helps alot!
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    1) No, you do not need a rooster for your hens to lay eggs.

    2) Onset of laying varies from breed to breed. Approximately 24 weeks is average.

    3) Daylength rather than temperature is a controlling factor in egg production.

    4) Keep it clean and it will not stink.

    5) Figure 4 to five eggs per hen per week. (That's on the low side for young birds of most breeds.)

    6) Make several, and they will all still want the same nest. Just how they are.

    7) Feed a complete poultry ration suited for their point in life: chick starter, grower, layer feed.

    8) Make it big! You will want more and more chickens.

    [​IMG] and enjoy your birds.
     
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  5. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    No problem!
     
  6. 79caroche

    79caroche New Egg

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    Thank you so much! Ive herd to make it bigger then i think i need because having chickens is addictive lol
     
  7. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Ya, its a good idea to make it pretty big so that you don't have to build a new one.
     
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  8. Linn Bee

    Linn Bee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to the BYC gang.

    I just want to say ditto to # 8. Decide how big you want your coop and then make it bigger. Chicken math is insidious and insatiable. You will quickly run out of room if you go with your first size choice.

    Love, Smart Red
     
  9. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Hello from Kansas and [​IMG]! Happy you joined us! Sounds as if you received some pretty good answers so I'll just sign off by saying good luck to you and your chickens!!
     
  10. Crafty-Duck

    Crafty-Duck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You got some good answers already [​IMG]
     

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