Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by fwlion, Dec 2, 2007.

  1. fwlion

    fwlion Hatching

    Dec 2, 2007
    Question #1: what should the hen to rooster ratio be in an average sized city backyard

    2: I live in Nashville, TN where I can find fancy chickens

    3: I keep Tortoises can I keep the chickens in the same pen

    Frizzled, Blue Sultan, Ginger Partridge, Silkies, Top Hats, Polish Crested

    and what are the heating and feeding requirements
  2. jenichick

    jenichick Songster

    Jun 1, 2007
    Your roo to hen ratio should be 10 hens to 1 roo.

    A lot of us get our chicks from hatcheries or breeders on this site. Not sure about TN specifically.

    I wouldn't mix turtles and chickens. Chickens require 2-4 sq ft per bird and 1/2 inch hole fencing with overhead coverage as well, chickens might peck your turtles eyes.

    Chickens need starter feed until they are laying eggs about 4-6 months, then they need layer pellets.

    Heat requirements for baby chicks 1-2 days old are 99.5 degrees until they are a few weeks old, then they can withstand temps of 70-80's, then colder after they're fully feathered. They can withstand very cold temps once they are a couple of months old.
  3. lizzybeth

    lizzybeth In the Brooder

    Dec 2, 2007
    I live in the city. so no Roosters are with my 3 hens, and they lay ALOT of eggs with no noise for neighbors to complain about! Good Luck, I am enjoying my hens way more than I could have predicted! What great pet birds!
  4. KingsCalls

    KingsCalls Songster

    Oct 22, 2007
    New Market,Tn.
    East! Welcome to the forum and glad you are getting into chickens............Now for your questions..........The hen to rooster ratio depends on the type of bird.....(heavy breeds= fewer hens per rooster..............lighter breeds = more hens per rooster...........mst bantams= even more hens per rooster) Myself: I have always used about 5-6 hens per rooster for heavy breeds and anywhere from 6-10 hens per rooster for both light standard breeds and bantams. I've never had any problems with these ratios..........Nashville(hmmm) better check and make sure you are allowed to have a rooster! I would not keep my chickens with any reptiles..........turtles and/or tortises carry salmonella(sounds right,my spelling sux) I'd be worried about that!
  5. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    I'm down in Franklin. I'd love to talk chickens with someone local! I can't help you much with answers to your questions, though.
  6. Bubba

    Bubba Songster

    Jun 18, 2007
    Hi Fwlion

    You know you dont HAVE to have a rooster right? You will still get eggs just none of them will hatch. Some roosters you can keep together others will attack & kill any other male bird in sight. Raising them together seems to help.

    I would not order from a hatchery if you are looking for QUALITY birds. You will get many fine birds from a hatchery with good luck but it is just that LUCK. What I would do if I were you is look up the breeds and decide which ones appeal to you the most. Then scroll down this column, What Breed is this and Breeders & BY Hatcheries. Click on posts that sport the name of the birds you are looking for. Even if that person does not have the bird you want some of the posters will. has a good quality list with pictures of many. Has a good list with desciptions and pictures of the breeds. I would not recommend thier silkies or frizzles. The rest I have from them are quality birds. Every top hat I have gotten from them died except my gold. Maybe it was a fluke maybe not. Goto the Conservation Priority List, click it. Then scroll all the way down to Poultry Breeds. If you raise any of these birds you are helping preserve genetics for the future while having fine birds. They do not sell them its a non profit but they do have links to people that sell them.

    If I were you I would just order from people here. The main reason why? They post pictures of the birds laying the eggs not some picture out of a book that says this is what the animal should look like but ours dont look like that so we are totally fooling you ya know huh do ya? How did you like that sentence huh?

    Nothing beats knowing you are getting quality genetics. I will be getting eggs from Flufnstuff in spring. Her birds are AMAZING as are some others on here. If you like silkies hit her up.

    Turtles are a BIG no no. Any reptiles in fact. You do WASH you're hands with soap after touching them right?
    hepatitis has shown up in alot of reptiles. Children play with them put their hands in their mouth.....
    I know turtles can transfer disease to humans, not sure what they can give to an avian. Don't find out the hard way for us ok?

    Another reason is that turtles/tortoises are cold blooded and do not move fast. Birds prey on the weak. The turtles even if raised with the birds from chicks maybe be in trouble from eyes getting pecked out, maybe even extreme predation by the birds. They may get along fine, you will have to see and watch their reactions closely. If the chicks are to small im sure the tortoises would eat it to. If you are just letting your birds and turtles mingle in the backyard I see no problems. Now if they are in the same pen that is a problem. I would love to see some chickens riding a turtle haha.

    On the heating issue I would talk to people in a colder state. I live in Southern California the only time I see ice is when I open a freezer hehehe There are several posts at the moment going on about just that issue. Read up.

    Feeding? Goto the feeding column. Its more like what CANT you feed to a bird instead of what they will eat. They will eat just about anything that fits in their mouth edible or not. I give mine organic feed, all the plants in the backyard they can eat, fruits and whatever leftovers I feel like tossing them. I've even made them some veggie soup and froze bags of it in the freezer. They totally love it.
    Onions, Garlic and peels of some fruit are things I would stay away from. As in most pets cases candy and chocolate are no nos to. If you give them rice soak it in water first or even cook it. My birds do seem to like stuff cooked over non cooked. Maybe they just like it warm idk.

    I hope this answers things for you. Good luck in your research and hunt for birds!

  7. GloriaH

    GloriaH Songster

    Mar 18, 2007
    Watertown, Tennessee
    Welcome!! I would be happy to talk chickens anytime. I don't live too far from you.

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