New to raising chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by averycatherwood, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. averycatherwood

    averycatherwood Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi you guys! My dad and I have been working on building our chicken coop for about three months now and we have finally completed everything. The coop is 6 feet by 6 feet and the run is 80 square feet. We are super proud of it. We're actually going to pick up our chickens tomorrow. We're getting about three. I would love to hear any tips that you have for first timers! Thanks so much
     
  2. circlerm

    circlerm New Egg

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    Easier to get all you want now, than introducing new ones later.
    Remember chicken math is crazy.
    With the size of coop & run you can easily house 10 to 12.
    More once the math sets in & you add to the run.
    Good luck & con grats.[​IMG]
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    It is better to get all at the same time because integrating new chicks or birds into an older flock means a lot of fighting , pecking, bullying and sometimes much worse. If they grow up together it is lessenes considerably. Also if you only buy 2-3 and one dies, you are stuck trying to find a bird about the same age and size to be a replacement.

    Rule of thumb however is 4 sq.feet per bird inside coop and 10 sq.feet per bird in outside run. If birds are too crowded they also fight, feather peck etc. etc. especially if they are kept inside for a lengthy period- for instance during horrendous weather.

    Bigger is better because you will get addicted to chickens very fast and want every new breed you can find. Rather than make coop 2 and 3 and so on. Just shoot for the moon now.
     
  4. cluckcluckgirl

    cluckcluckgirl Queen of the Coop Premium Member

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    Usually, you start off with a few, then get a few more, and a few more and so one. (Chicken Math)
    Chickens are very friendly and loyal.
    If taken care of properly, they aren't as dirty as some people make them out to be.
    They make you breakfast!

    Enjoy them!
     
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  6. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC![​IMG]Happy you joined us! And Merry Christmas!
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    I'm guessing you have your chickens by now - good luck with them, and welcome to BYC.
     

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