hi newbie from alabama

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by billyg2131, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. billyg2131

    billyg2131 Out Of The Brooder

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    hello all i have a 8x10 coop and would like any info i get on how many chickens i can house there.i do have a 8x20 run for the daytime. also looking for info about automatic doors. thank u all in advance for your input. also forgot to tell you i am gonna keep large brown layers in the coop.
     
  2. Bama1

    Bama1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome fro DeKalb Co. Ala.
    They say 4 sq ft per bird in the coop which would be 20 chickens in the coop. they say you need 10 sq ft MINIMUM per bird in the run which would be 16. so you could have 16 chickens. There are lots of yhreads about automatic doors, just use search box.
    There is an Alabama thread and you can go there and introduce yourself if you want. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/29002/alabama/2910#post_9975981
     
  3. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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  4. billyg2131

    billyg2131 Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you very much. im in tuscaloosa
     
  5. canesisters

    canesisters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC!!!

    You might want to stop by the 'Learning Center' tab and wander around a little. There are many excellent articles about getting started with chickens. The general rule is (I think) 4 square feet per bird inside and 8 or 10 outside. I have an 8x8 coop and a 30x30 run - with 6 large fowl breeds in it. They seem plenty happy with very little pecking. There is plenty of room for them to get out of each others way.

    As for auto doors, I have a 'Pullet Shut' and LOVE it. It is solar powered and has a photo-eye so it will open just after dawn and close just before sunset. It seems very sturdy and well made.

    The most important thing I've learned so far about having chickens (got my first chicks this past May) is to ENJOY them. Do the research, set things up as best as you can the first time so you aren't constantly having to correct things, and don't take it toooo seriously. Someone on here has a tag line that says 'it's a hobby, not a religion' - easy to forget sometimes with these addictive little fluffy critters.
     
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  7. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]
     
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    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  9. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    :frow & :welcome from a neighbor in Coffee County. Glad you joined us.
     
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    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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