New Member with questions!!!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by anaples, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. anaples

    anaples New Egg

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    I am planning of putting in a chicken coop big enough for only 3 - 4 chickens. Big round Orpingtons are what I am planning on housing ( love them...they are like basketballs with legs!!) Any suggestions on what size coop I sould invest in?
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Orps are large fowl so they require at least 4sq feet per bird. I would advise at least the 16 sq feet maybe more to give them some extra room.
     
  3. Big A Chickens

    Big A Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, [​IMG] So glad you joined us!!![​IMG]I agree with Kevin.
     
  4. PFSfarmer

    PFSfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great information here! [​IMG]
     
  5. blueeyeddemon

    blueeyeddemon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC!!!!!!!!!!! XD Haha!! How are ya?
     
  6. anaples

    anaples New Egg

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    Thanks! If I have an enclosure large enough, do they still need to free range? I am a neewbie to all of this,,,so excited, but am nervous about my dogs.
     
  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] About 10sq feet per hen to roam will be good, more if you can.
     
  8. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, anaples, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined us. Good luck with the coop construction!
     
  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] from California, only allow your chicken out to roam if your dogs are secured so they can't get to them.
     
  10. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    :frow & :welcome from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     

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