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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by seagirl, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. seagirl

    seagirl In the Brooder

    Jan 9, 2013
    i am getting a coop and run together to start raising hens this spring. any advice for a beginner? i was also think of raising dual purpose birds, any advice on this idea? i am excited to get started and dont want to overwhelm myself so i need an easy breed that will be ok to start off small (3 or 4) and potentially to grow to 10 to 15.
    thank you for any help!

  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
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  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D
  4. missnu01

    missnu01 Songster

    Nov 16, 2012
    I started with 4 adult chickens.

    1 Leghorn hen, 1 White Rock hen, 1 Buff Orpington pullet, and a White Rock rooster.

    then I bought a barnyard mix mama hen and her 7 fully feathered chicks...Then we got a silkie rooster because a lady in town couldn't have roosters so we took him in too. 2 chicks had to be culled, and the rest are doing great...

    So now I have 10 chickens. 3 hens that lay, 4 pullets getting ready to lay, and 3 roosters...Lol. They're all doing great, and as far as I can tell they are all basically the same in their care and what not...They all get along with each other, and enjoy pecking through the yard. I am ordering 24 more layers in spring, as well as 10 more silkies, and 6 Salmon Faverolles that will each have their own coop. I am hoping to hatch out their chicks to sell next spring. We just have to get building. You always want the space to be larger than you need it. It keeps the chickens happier, healthier, and less likely to pick on each other. Our coop is 18x20 ft...so it's really big, but bigger is better than smaller to say the least, and for ease of care and maintenance. All I have to do is give the chickens water everyday when it is cold..we have any auto waterer but it can't really do a whole lot when the water is freezing over night...so I just give them a dish of water each morning. We have a feeder, but I think I have a new idea that works even better for the days that the chickens can go outside and free range the property. I just toss some of their pellets out on the ground a few times a day. They come to the house and the big roo relentlessly hassles me for treats but they can't have treats constantly, so I started just giving them their food in the yard when the roo comes calling. It is snowing today so the chickens are being fed in the coop since I know they won't be wandering about looking for snacks...Anyway chickens are easy, but they are prone to a lot of problems...there are all manner of diseases and predators and parasites that affect chickens, so you have to realize the reality of the situation, but other than dealing with death as a part of life, chickens are super easy.
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, seagirl, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined the ranks chicken keeper! Sumi gave you some great links to follow up on. Best of luck and enjoy your birds!
  6. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010

    Best advice I can give to a beginner is to be aware of chicken math. Even Einstein can't figure out how it works.

    For example 1 hen + 1 hen = 36 chickens.

    Yep. Gotta watch out for that chicken math.
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Search the forums, ask questions, and build your coop bigger than you think that you will need. [​IMG]

  8. seagirl

    seagirl In the Brooder

    Jan 9, 2013
    thank you all for your help! i dont even have my chickens yet and i have already asked my husband to build me a bigger chicken house! haha thanks for all your advice!
  9. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  10. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.

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