new Mid South chiken rancher

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by getalab, Nov 16, 2013.

  1. getalab

    getalab New Egg

    Nov 15, 2013
    Not sure how I got here, but 2 weeks ago I knew nothing about chickens,and no thoughts at all of owning any. A pic of a coop from somewhere implanted on my mind, and next thing I know, I'm looking thru all the info here at BYC. A trip to Lowe's or 2--or 3, and a few days modifying a puppy pen, and I'm the proud owner of a coop! It's 4x4 with added nest box, 2 roosts with poop board, and doors for easy access. Looking thru all the coop pics here gave many great ideas. Looking forward to learning more, but would like any suggestions you might have for my coop (pic below) or the birds I have coming. I ordered 3 Ameraucana, 2 Barred Rock, and 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte from McMurray, that will be here next week. They are 22 week pullets, and I have Dumor Layer crumbles and Dumor oyster shells, wood shavings for the floor, ??? in nest box? Any advice for the initial care of my new flock would be much appreciated....many thanks to all that have taken time to post in the forums, looking forward to browsing thru them some more.
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] That's a lovely coop! Enjoy your chickens :)
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] The rule of thumb is 4 sq.feet per bird inside the coop, and 10 sq. per bird in the outside run. Chickens tend to fight more when crowded sometimes with disastrous results, chickens can be quite cannibalistic .

    You have a lovely coop, I wonder though that the floor slates will be too uncomfortable for their feet. In some cases their feet may fall through the slates.
  4. That's what I was thinking!
  5. LeviS

    LeviS Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2012
    North Dakota
    :welcome, all nice breeds you picked.
    Little concerned about this as well.
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! That's a pretty nice coop! ;)
  7. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! I have concerns about the floor too.
  8. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    Welcome and enjoy BYC!
    Steve :frow

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