New to raising chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by tiffpiv, Feb 9, 2016.

  1. tiffpiv

    tiffpiv New Egg

    Feb 9, 2016
    This weekend I will get my first chicken coop. It will have 6 laying beds and will be a inclosed area for them to range. The coop comes with a kennel type thing with it to give them the outdoor time needed. I would love to have free range chickens but fear my dogs would kill them plus we live on a busy farm road. Some info I would like is the basics. My mother used to raise chickens but I barely remember how she cared for them. Any tips on bedding preferred and what all grains they need to have. Any advice for this newbie would be great
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! The learning centre would be a great place for you to check out, here is the link ~
    As for bedding I've used a few things including straw, wood shavings and sand. All with their pros and cons. At the minute because it's winter I have them on shavings but in summer I use sand as it's cooler for them. Depending on what age your birds are will depend what food you will need to give them. Younger pullets who are not laying yet don't need the extra calcium layer feed gives so a flock raiser would be best for them. You can keep all birds on a flock raiser with oyster shell on the side for any that are laying.

    Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy BYC :frow
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2016
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and a warm welcome to BYC. You have great advice already from my tribesmate, so i'll just say a big hello !

    All the best

  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. X2 on Yorkshire coop's advice. Unfortunately dogs and chickens rarely mix well. We get lots of posts from new members who are shocked because their seemingly benign dog (even small breeds like chihuahuas) suddenly and unexpectedly decided to chase and kill their chickens. Dogs typically seem to view chickens either as prey or else as chew toys. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  6. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 7, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined the flock! I use wood shavings in the nest boxes and floors. My run I'm trying to grow some grass in their and leaving some dirt pits to allow them dust bathing and allow them to eat pebbles to help digestion. I use a complete feed laying hen feed mixed with cracked corn. I also give oyster shells when needed. Here's the feed I use a long with the nutrition tag.

  7. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
  8. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    You've already been given some great advice, so I'll just say it's nice to have you join us!
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Glad you joined us at Backyard chickens. I like to recommend the "Raising Backyard chickens ," forum and also joining your state thread. You may find local BYCERS, who generally are very willing to share their knowledge.

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