New to backyard chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickentherapy1, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. chickentherapy1

    chickentherapy1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Well we don't have our chickens yet, but we have a 5' x 6' coop with six nesting boxes and working on building a fence. My husband and I are arguing over how big it should be. I want the area to be as big as possible to allow them to range more freely. He is concerned about the chickens taking over the yard. I have ordered 12 pullets. They are Rhode Island hybrids crossed with leghorns. They should arrive mid-September . I bought them at the local Feed store. I'm so excited. I decided on pullets, because I didn't want to hassle with brooding chicks. I also wanted to get enough of them so that I would not have to introduce new birds from different hatcheries and deal with messing up the hierarchy of the flock.
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us! I'd go bigger on the coop. The recommended coop size is 4 sq. ft. per bird. Might want to go 5 x 10 at a minimum. Also 12 hens won't use more than 3 nest boxes so you can free up some room that way as well. Good luck to you!
     
  3. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  4. Whittni

    Whittni Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome!
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined!
     
  6. fowljoke

    fowljoke New Egg

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    Greetings from Texas
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Redsoxs is right hens like to fight over nest boxes and all want to use the popular one even if all are identical. Some hens will crowd in or even climb over the present occupant and sometimes lay an egg on top of her. Meanwhile the other nest box remain empty.
     
  8. chickentherapy1

    chickentherapy1 Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] this is my husband trying to build a fence. I hope it's big enough.[​IMG] this is the inside of my coop.
     
  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! More room is always better, good luck to you.
     
  10. chickentherapy1

    chickentherapy1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone!
     

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