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Needing advice in Tennessee

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by alice615, Nov 10, 2014.

  1. alice615

    alice615 In the Brooder

    Nov 7, 2014
    Good Day.
    I am new with BYC presently, I have no chickens I am in process of deciding what breed and how many I can care for.
    I live within city limits, I have checked ordanaces and have verified that we can house chickens.
    Learned of BYC through Facebook Your posts on FB are very informative.
    I retired a few years ago and think we will love chicken keeping.
    My daughter and I share a home on 1.5 acres...we have a huge yard, I have selected a large storage shed, 5x5x6..that is what I plan on making into a coop.I plan on using a tractor type run so I can move it around safely.
    I am looking for advice and information...
    Am lookin foreward to reading posts.
  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Crowing

    Jan 27, 2014
    Central Oregon
    Welcome from Central Oregon! [​IMG] Okay, your coop is going to be 5' x 5' x 6' high...that equals 25 sq.ft. Square footage for hens in the coop should be at least 3-5 sq.ft. per bird, so by the time you get your roost bar/poop tray, nesting boxes, waterer and feeder in there I would say you've got ample room for 4-5 chickens at most.

    What type of chickens are you planning on? You might visit the BYC thread on Coops/Runs & Maintenance located at:

    Tons of information, ideas, etc., for you there...wishing you all the best! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2014
  3. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager 5 Years

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] So Glad You Joined Our Flock.
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 9 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Glad you joined the flock
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. There are some excellent charts you can use to research the various breeds at http://albc-usa.etapwss.com/images/uploads/docs/pickachicken.pdf, http://www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/breed-list.aspx, and http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html. Also, Murray McMurray has an excellent "chick selector" tools at https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/chick_selector.html to help you determine which breed is best for you. Just be sure to click on "show more characteristics." If you're looking for personal recommendations, I would suggest Black Sex Links. They are hardy, egg laying machines. I've raised them for years (along with dozens of other breeds and hybrids) and they have been my best layers, consistently laying more than 300 eggs per hen per year. If you prefer a standard breed (BSLs are hybrids and will not breed true), I would suggest Black Australorps. They are extremely hardy, calm and gentle (my children, and now my granddaughter, made lap pets of them), and the best layers of the standard, brown egg laying breeds. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Whatever breed you decide to go with, good luck with your flock.
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  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word Staff Member Premium Member 7 Years

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Looks like you have been give some great advice and links to follow.

    Enjoy this new journey you are on and welcome to our flock!
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.

    You've received some excellent advice and links already! Good luck.
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

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