Need advice.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lythy, Sep 20, 2015.

  1. Lythy

    Lythy Out Of The Brooder

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    So I have already 10 hybrid hens in a 6x6 coop and a run 18x6 inc coop floor. Now I remember reading on here before that a member had kept hens at 10sqft before and swears he never will again after seeing the difference.
    I cannot find that post so I'm asking here what was the big difference. My hens seem happy enough no fighting etc. And laying well.
    I'm about to complete a coop and run 30x6 for 3 jersey Giants but now I'm thinking perhaps the hybrids would be better in this. Do the jersey Giants need a lot more space than hybrids.
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    There are so many differences in our flock make-ups, climate, management techniques, goals, individual chicken’s personalities, set-ups, just everything is unique. You have to be very careful taking what one person says and relating that to your situation. The requirements for a flock of four hens all the same age are quite a bit different than for someone with a flock that contains several roosters, broody hens raising chicks with the flock, and/or always integrating new chickens. I suggest you follow the link in my signature below. It might help you understand better from my perspective.

    I always advocate more room. I find I have fewer behavioral problems, have to work less hard, and have more flexibility dealing with problems when I have extra room. I also do not believe in magic numbers. Many people can get by quite well with less room than I think I need. Some people need more. It depends on their unique situation.
     
  3. Lythy

    Lythy Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for such a speedy reply my wife thinks I should leave them alone they all seem very happy. I don't want to create 1 either. I'm lucky that all my hens get on and let me hold n stroke them.
    I have made a large chicken swing for them they seem to love it.
     
  4. jhhess

    jhhess Out Of The Brooder

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    Chicken swing? Pictures please. I need to see a chicken swing. I think my chickens would be afraid of getting on a swing. Perhaps I'm underestimating them.

    Janis
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Advanced search>titles only>chicken swing
     
  6. jhhess

    jhhess Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks!
     
  7. Lythy

    Lythy Out Of The Brooder

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    Been so busy sorry will get some pics tomorrow of the swing. A few of my hens love it. Keeps them busy.
     
  8. yochickiemomma

    yochickiemomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens use my suspended feeder and water container for swings. I thought it was funny the first time I saw it. I guess they like to swing too. Lol
     
  9. Lythy

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    my chicken swing
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Need to see the whole thing....how does it hang?
    Pipes are probably more stable than chains.
     

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