Looking forward to my first chicks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MrsWolfe, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. MrsWolfe

    MrsWolfe Out Of The Brooder

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    We are new to owning chickens and gathering as much information as possible. My first chicks are expected in April and have been looking at coop designs. I have ordered 8 chicks, Black sex links, Columbian Rock, Rhode Island Red, and Buff Orpingtons. I'm still confused as to how big I should make the coop and yard. They will be range free during the days. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. GoldDogsMom

    GoldDogsMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC! General rule of them 4 sq ft per chicken in coop (with 12 inches of roost space per bird) and 10 sq ft in the run area.
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, MrsWolfe, and [​IMG]! Great to have you here! Pleased you are joining the poultry universe. Some great information can be found in the links below. I do know that 4 sq. ft/bird is recommended in the coop and 10 sq. ft. /bird is the recommended run size. Sounds like a lot but that's only a 8 x 4 coop and an 8 x 10 run for your eight birds. I would advise making everything bigger, however. You may want to add birds in the future (look up "chicken math: sometime). Enjoy your chicks and best of luck!

    Here is the Learning Center link - all the ins and outs of responsible chicken care and maintenance.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/

    For when your chicks arrive here is a the Baby Chicks forum - preuse old threads and post questions:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/11/raising-baby-chicks
     
  4. MrsWolfe

    MrsWolfe Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the links I'll check them out.
     
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Agree completely. And bigger is better in case the chicken bug bites you bad.
     
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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

    thasista Chillin' With My Peeps

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