New to raising chickens in Southern California

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by TheDietTech, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. TheDietTech

    TheDietTech New Egg

    Jan 3, 2014
    Hello everyone, I am new to raising chickens for eggs, also they will be pets, I have some questions.
    What should be on the inside of the coop itself beside the nesting boxes?
    The size of the coop itself is 4'x 6' x 4' and the run is 8' wide and 27' long with a pond.
    I am planning 4 hens.
    Should I just feed the what grows naturally in the run? I have planted natural growing seed in the run.
    What kind of garden scraps do they eat?
    I was told that I could build a insect domain in the end of the run would this provide enough food for them?
    Thank you for the feed back.
  2. TheDietTech

    TheDietTech New Egg

    Jan 3, 2014
    Also I have photos in my profile
  3. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    [​IMG] chickens need a commercial feed for most of their dietary needs. Garden scraps and insects are good but not enough. I would really recommend checking out the Learning Center, it covers everything that you need to know about raising chickens.
  4. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright and [​IMG] glad you could join us [​IMG]


    What did I hear that right just grass and bug's [​IMG]


    Are you sure it's a coop and not a holding cage [​IMG]


    We eat all kinds of stuff like grains and wheat and some times
    corn all kinds of veggies [​IMG]


    I like my chickens nice and fat not that bonnie Gisele [​IMG]


    For us to produce eggs we need a well balanced diet everyday [​IMG]


    We think you need to check out the feed store [​IMG]

    gander007 [​IMG]
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    [​IMG] to BYC!

    Great to have you aboard and enjoy BYC!
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Inside the coop chickens need 4 sq.feet per bird, and in the run 10 sg.feet per bird. I have no idea how many birds you plan to have. You mentioned a pond in your run, I'm assuming that is so you don't have to water the birds but, chickens and especially young chicks could drown in it. If you grow vegetation inside the run, they will have it plundered in no time.

    It may sound like a effortless way to have chickens but, as others have pointed out, they need a base of good chicken feed that can be augmented by greens, and insects etc. Layers need their layer mix or a good quality feed with oyster shell on the side for calcium requirements. Please rethink some of your plans.
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  7. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Well said and that is about it ....
  8. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Why don't you post the picks you have of your coop
    on this Trend of yours so people can see it and there
    really isn't a need for them to go looking all over [​IMG]
  9. Bluebee

    Bluebee Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 30, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! So awesome to have you here with us! [​IMG]
  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow Welcome To BYC!

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