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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by graxymo, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. graxymo

    graxymo New Egg

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    ive done a lot of research online looking at the care of a flock i feel competent enough to do it but something that no site ever agreed on was what size area for each chicken so i was wondering if i posted pictures of my coop and the area that will be fenced off for them if someone would advise me on what my max flock size would be
     
  2. DancingWthDucks

    DancingWthDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    :welcome
     
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Rule of thumb is 4-5 sq.feet per bird in the indoor coop, and 10 sq.feet per bird in the outside run. If you have bantams they can do with somewhat smaller areas. Bigger is always better. Once chicken addiction strikes you will want more and more birds. Chickens hate being overcrowded and react in very unpleasant ways.
     
  5. graxymo

    graxymo New Egg

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    I read that giving the whole flock laying feed is bad for the males is that true
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  7. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC. In response to your question regarding feed - apparently its not good in the long term for roos to eat layers feed. An alternative is to give growers / general flock food and provide crushed oyster shells (or crushed limestone) as an option for your girls. They will know when they need calcium, so leaving it separate enables you to feed your flock appropriately, and have healthy layers. Hope this helps.

    All the best
    CT
     
  8. graxymo

    graxymo New Egg

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    Thanks every one for your help and being so friendly it's a whole new side of the internet for me
     
  9. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    You are most welcome, glad you are seeing another side to web!

    CT
     
  10. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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