New member and first question

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Moonie2015, Jan 10, 2015.

  1. Moonie2015

    Moonie2015 New Egg

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    Hi I'm from New Zealand and my hubby and 2 boys are building our first chicken coop. It is 2.3mtrs long and 1.3mtrs wide.
    We have built a large house which is about a 1/3 of the whole coop.
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    My question is do we have to build the roosting box as an added extra or can we divide the house area into a roosting box and a perch area (sorry my terminology may not be quite right)
    Also how many should we get, they will have a large part of the garden to roam around during the day
    I attach a photo at the beginning stage with a hope it will make more sense
    Thanks in advance
     
  2. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    You will need 4 to 5 square feet per bird in the coop to keep them from hurting and injuring each other and 10 square feet per bird in the run for the same reason. Chickens turn on each other very easily when cramped and can even kill one another. So if this is your space, ad as many birds to fit into the space requirements.

    Since you have small spaces, you can use external nest boxes by cutting a hole in the side of the coop and attaching the box or boxes from the inside.

    Stop by our coops pages to get some idea on how to fashion your coop....https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coops

    Good luck on this new adventure and if you have any further questions, feel free to ask. Welcome to our flock!
     
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  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC - great suggestions and information from TwoCrows.
     
  8. Book Em Danno25

    Book Em Danno25 Overrun With Chickens

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  9. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. TwoCrows has given you some great advice. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
     
  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
     

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