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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by geoalwil, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. geoalwil

    geoalwil New Egg

    Jun 5, 2011
    Hi, I am new to raising chickens. We will be getting a house on 5 arces in the Northern California area and I would like to raise chickens for their eggs.

    I am thinking of starting off with 4 females and one male, is this a good ratio?

    Any advice on making sure the chickens are happy and healthy. We will not have them free roam since we have some pretty big birds that fly over. Though I would like to inclose a nice size area for them. Is there a standard on how much room we should have per chicken?

    Any help regarding care and feeding would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,
  2. Rusty's Ranch

    Rusty's Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    So Cal
    [​IMG] from Southern California. You'll find just about everything you need here on the forum. Just check under the different topics and use the search tool when you have specific concerns - there's a good chance someone else has already asked the same question and you can get your answers right away. Glad to have you with us [​IMG]
  3. mamawolf544

    mamawolf544 Unbreakable Heart

    Apr 29, 2009
    alvarado, Tx
    [​IMG] from Texas.
    That ratio is fine [​IMG]
  4. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

    Sep 20, 2009
    Pride, La.
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Pride, La.
  5. Luckytaz

    Luckytaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2010
    Rogers, Mn.
    Welcome, from Minnesota.
  6. Chickencoop1996

    Chickencoop1996 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2011
    southern nh
  7. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    4 sq feet per chicken so a 4X5 coop would be fine. And 4 hens to one roo is good if you want to have fertile eggs...they say 10 hens to every roo would even be ok. You may have some bare backs if the rooster pics a 'favorite' one or two hens which they usually do. Mine hen who is at the bottom of the pecking order always has the bare back [​IMG]

  8. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  9. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    Hello [​IMG] from Hesperia,CA and [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  10. geoalwil

    geoalwil New Egg

    Jun 5, 2011
    Thank you so much for all your information. This gives me a good place to start.

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