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Hi From Richmond California

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by marceys, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. marceys

    marceys New Egg

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    Hi folks,
    I am a newbie to chickens, in fact, I do not have any yet, but am planning to install my first coop in a few days and get some laying chickens at the end of the month or so. Do readers advise starting with pullets, or with chicks? I think three chickens will be a good number for me to begin with, I like the idea of trying one australorpe, one orpington, and one ameracauna, but am open to advice. I plan to let them range part of the day in my fenced back yard, and feed 100% organic, as that is what I eat. We already have been actively composting for years, and understand this will be a popular forage site for the chickens. I welcome any advice, especially from east bay, CA chicken enthusiasts, who know the peculiarities of our region. Thanks!
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    The size of your coop can determine how many birds you can/should keep. Generally a minimum of 3 square foot per bird, however I think 5 square feet is better. It does depend on how much time they will be spending outside vs. inside the coop.

    Here is a link to our breeds page if you would like to do more research on the different breeds you might like to keep...

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/category/chicken-breeds

    If you need more info on keeping your birds, you might stop by the learning center as well...

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Great to have you aboard and enjoy BYC!
     
  4. JDchicks

    JDchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Rule of thumb is 4 sg.feet per bird inside the coop and 10 sq.feet per bird in the outdoor run.
     
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    petrel Chats with Chickens

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