Newbie Needs Help

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MamaCasey2009, Mar 24, 2016.

  1. MamaCasey2009

    MamaCasey2009 Hatching

    Mar 13, 2016
    Hello! I am new to this and getting my coop together. I need all of the basics! I have a family of seven and want a chicken that lays a fair amount and also would like to be able to sell as well. I'd say to be safe we could call it a daily consumption of eggs at one each though it isn't daily ( with our own eggs it could be!) so how many do I need? What will my coop need? What breed? Tell me how to keep them safe and warm and when to put them in the coop? Also, I am doing this on a budget so as inexpensive as possible is ideal. I'm sure there's more I need to know just throw it at me:) thank you!!

  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens. The Learning Center is a great place to find answers to your questions. I also recommend the "Raising Backyard Chickens." forum
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockwit Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC.

    I guess the number of hens required for you to have at least 7 eggs per day would depend on the breed of chicken. If eggs are you only goal, then may be you may wish to consider getting a commercial laying breed. I'd suggest at least 10 birds. There are heritage breeds that lay well and may be equally as suitable (and will likely produce a constant supply of eggs for much longer). Check out the Breed Section here for further info.

    I know that lots of people like to buy chicks, but to be honest, I would advise buying point of lay pullets (4-5 months old) as they are not as tricky to look after at that age, and you do not have to plan and have the expense of setting up a brooder. Plus you will not have to wait long before you get some eggs!

    Coop space is recommended to be 4 sq ft per bird, and 1-2ft per bird for the roosts. If you were only getting 10 hens then 2-3 nest boxes will be sufficient.

    I sell eggs, but even on a good week I am lucky to recover the cost of feed. Unless you were to go into chicken farming for eggs, then don't expect a profit.

    All the best

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