New Back Yard Chicken Farmer!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by P & Q Ranch, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. P & Q Ranch

    P & Q Ranch Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 29, 2009
    Davie, Florida
    Hi y'all!

    We are new back yard chicken farmers as of 2 days ago! We have 8 RIR pullets between 10-12 weeks old. They are fabulous and happy in their new environment. My husband is a carpenter and built our chicken coop of his own design. When we get pictures I will post! We live in Davie, Florida and have an acre. The chickens we fenced in a portion of the yard that is about 40 ft by 40 ft. They free range in the day with crumble food and go in the coop by theirselves at dusk with branches and water. I am sure we will be asking a lot of questions in the future. We also have 3 dogs that would love to meet the chickens!

    Shirley & Nelson Decker ( P&Q Ranch)
    Davie, Florida
  2. wingnut1

    wingnut1 Crazy Bird Lady

    P & Q Ranch

    Welcome to BYC!!!! And congrats on your new young chickens!!! [​IMG]

    Anything we can do to address your questions - we will be happy to help!!! [​IMG]
  3. wohneli

    wohneli Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 6, 2008
    Welcome and enjoy!!!
  4. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN
  5. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    [​IMG] Mr. & Mrs. Decker!!
  6. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    [​IMG] and welcome to our coop P & Q Ranch!! [​IMG]
  7. lildinkem

    lildinkem Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2009
    Hi Shirley
    Nice to meet another chicken newbie. Nice choice with RIR's. They are very big egg layers. I have 5 pullets and everyday each lays an egg.
    Enjoy your new friends
    P.S. I too have dogs ( 7 ) on a few acres. But, in Indianapolis
  8. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    [​IMG], Shirley and Nelson!

    Glad to have you here! [​IMG]
  9. n-da-woods

    n-da-woods Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2009
    North Carolina
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
  10. P & Q Ranch

    P & Q Ranch Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 29, 2009
    Davie, Florida
    Many thanks for the warm welcome!!
    I have a question about the nest boxes in the coop. We have 8 RIR's that are 10-12 weeks old. My husband built the coop with 10 nest boxes, 5 on each side with a space down the middle of both sides. Since then we found out that we had to take out one side (5 nests) to make room for the hens to roost on branches. Right now they are just piling on top of each other when they sleep! My question is, how many nest boxes do we need for 8 chickens and do we still need a place for them to roost in the coop? Also I haven't a clue when the hens lay an egg, if they do it at night or in the morning or anytime at all? Also do they sleep in the nest when they lay eggs or do they need a separate place to roost or sleep?
    Any help would be appreciated. They are really good girls, they put themselves to bed as soon as the sun goes down and I let them out as soon as the sun comes up! They also free range in among my butterfly plants. My jack russell/cocker spaniel mix has made chicken watching his favorite pastime!
    Thanks again,
    Shirley & Nelson Decker

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by