Hi All

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by dorfus777, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. dorfus777

    dorfus777 New Egg

    Jun 16, 2011
    Hi all,
    My name is Andrew, and I am in Maitland, NSW, Australia. After growing up around my grandfathers chooks as a child, I thought it was time to introduce my family to the same pleasures (plus the free range eggs are good). Having said that, I am a complete novice when it comes to my own chooks. I have a 1.5x1.5x1.9 metre shed for roosting, and a larger compound for the chooks to graze in during the day when I am not home, and then I will let them out to free range in the main yard once I am home. I am planning on raising Isa Browns, and will purchase some 12 week old hens on Thursday. Can anyone give me some advice based on the size of my shed and yard whether 8 hens would be OK. The floor to my roosting area is concrete with wood shavings over this. Also, I would appreciate it if someone could advise me on the best feed to feed them, as I am used to laying hens and not to younger birds. Nice to meet you all, and I look forward to some great discussions. [​IMG]
  2. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    [​IMG] From Missouri and [​IMG]

    For Coop space: I usually say if you have standard chickens you need a minimum of 4 sq feet per bird.

    As far as feed goes: Until they start to lay you can use Grower Feed. Then when they start to show signs they are going to lay: you will want to "wing" them over to Layer feed.

    As far as the flooring goes.....If you have not tried or ever seen Sand used in a coop and run....Then i would suggest trying it !!!! You will NEVER want to go back again [​IMG]

    Put down about 3-4 inches of sand in the coop floor area. It not only acts as GRIT for the birds to eat (to help digest their food), but it is SUPER easy to clean.
    All You nee to get is a Kitty Litter Scooper....then depending on how much they poop, Drag a rage through the sand to reveal the "clumps" and use the kitty scooper to remove the clumps....The sand will fall through the holes leaving only the poop in the scooper...... Takes all of 5 minutes a few times a week to keep clean..... Ans I have never had smell issues at all, and the chicks LOVE it.

    Sand is very absorbent, acts as grit to eat (aiding in digestion.....and thus not having to spend extra money on grit), is easy and FAST to clean, and the chicks love to take dust bathes in it [​IMG]

    Best Wishes,
  3. FarmCoe

    FarmCoe Flock Mistress

    May 22, 2010
    Planet Earth
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  4. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    I agree with MLJ

    Do you have any pics of the shed?
  5. Hens & Hounds

    Hens & Hounds Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2011
  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  7. HatchingFever

    HatchingFever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2011
    [​IMG] from sunny San Dieago Ca
  8. The Burg Peeps

    The Burg Peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2011
    [​IMG] from Ontario, Canada and [​IMG] .
  9. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. Good advice given. [​IMG]
  10. Chickencoop1996

    Chickencoop1996 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2011
    southern nh

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