Newbie from New Jersey...Kinda..

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by sisel, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. sisel

    sisel New Egg

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    Hi everyone..

    Just bought a farmette for our small business and might as well use the rest of the 8 acres for chickens and veggies. Been down this road before, but higher education and a family put an end to it till now.

    We are considering a flock of 30 layers and 10 bantams for fun. We have a full acre almost ready for the coop, run and range area. all of it is fenced in and most of it could be netted in top.

    What we have in mind so far is...

    for the layers.

    Australorps
    Lt. Bhramas
    Buff Orpins
    EE's
    Silver or Gold laced Wyandottes.

    Momma wants silkies for the fun ones..


    I know some aren't the most productive, but personality traits are more important to us than actual output.

    Any suggestions or pointers?

    thanks
     
  2. terrilhb

    terrilhb Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Ms.FuzzyButts

    Ms.FuzzyButts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] As a suggestion, silkies can live with standard sized chickens, but they don't do as well and the bigger ones can hurt them on accident. I had to seperate mine and build the silkies their own coop. They are much happier now. And for a pointer, you need to build a much bigger coop than you think you will need. Chicken math takes over and before you know it, you will have 100 chickens. You will find the term "chicken math" used on BYC alot.. [​IMG]
     
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  5. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. You have a great list going. [​IMG]
     
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    Muscovies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Luckytaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. sisel

    sisel New Egg

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    Ms.FuzzyButts :

    [​IMG] As a suggestion, silkies can live with standard sized chickens, but they don't do as well and the bigger ones can hurt them on accident. I had to seperate mine and build the silkies their own coop. They are much happier now. And for a pointer, you need to build a much bigger coop than you think you will need. Chicken math takes over and before you know it, you will have 100 chickens. You will find the term "chicken math" used on BYC alot.. [​IMG]

    I'm thinking along the same lines as you. The layers will have a coop to their own and the pretty girls....Well they are going to have their own pretty girl place + a run that will integrate them with the bigger girls so they can be seprate for a while and see if they will get along at some point.

    We do plan on two coops. Right now we're engineering mobile coops so we don't have to clean as much. With a full acre we should be able to accomplish this with no problems on our part; we just have to see if the chix will go with the program.



    thanks for the suggestions and feedback​
     
  9. sisel

    sisel New Egg

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    Quote:Thank you very much.

    If there is something we're missing or something to add please tell us. Has anyone tried the silkies in a garden? Are they as destructive as full size breeds?

    Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  10. Wild Trapper

    Wild Trapper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2011
    Ohio
    [​IMG] From Ohio.

    Don't know about the Silkies with the other hens. DIL had some last summer. She eventually ate them, they didn't fit in good with the others. Fun to have, maybe if you can keep 'em separate.
     

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