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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by okie16, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. okie16

    okie16 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi , my wife and I decided to raise some chickens. We look forward to the entertainment value of the chickens and of course the eggs.

    We really don't know what we are doing, so I was glad to find this site. I'm takeing in alot of info.

    We got our chicks from Atwoods and don't know much about them. We know that 3 are what they call "Heavy" pullets and the other 6 are Bantam's.

    We plan on closeing off half of our 12x10 shed and using a 10x10 dog kennel as their run.

    we have 9 chicks now. How many could we hold in a set up like this?

    Thanks and look forward to everyone's input
     
  2. equine chick

    equine chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the world of chickens. Be aware it is very addicting, kinda like eating potato chips. To have ample room the chick at adult stage should have a 4x4 area so I think you are going to be fine. Many of us use the dog kennels for the pens just be sure to cover the top, yes chickens can and will fly. You might want to cover the kennel with predator proof fencing as well. We love pictures too so don't be shy about showing off your chickens.
     
  3. countryboy

    countryboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2007
    hi
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. The general rule for standard size chickens is 4 sq ft per bird. Have fun with your new chicks.
     
  5. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG]
     
  6. okie16

    okie16 Out Of The Brooder

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    yes, I plan on using feild fence to cover the top of the kennel. We have a Red Tail Hawk that hangs out around our house. As far as pictures go.... I love taking them and posting them. I will try and get some up tommorow.
     
  7. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2008
    Venice, Florida
    Hi! Welcome and I look forward to seeing pics of your chicks.
     
  8. Ilikechickens!

    Ilikechickens! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why contryboy where do u get this stuff????"hi" !!!!????
     
  9. okie16

    okie16 Out Of The Brooder

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    how many nest boxes do I need for 10 to 12 hens?
     
  10. raindrop

    raindrop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:2 or 3 should be good. Welcome!
     

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