Out of the Blue Urban chicken coop

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Masterslight, Aug 10, 2014.

  1. Masterslight

    Masterslight In the Brooder

    Aug 9, 2014
    My husband works for a company that is getting into urban farming which means I get to product test a chicken coop. Yay! I am excited to be stepping into this hobby. But besides getting a coop and chickens I don't know where to start. There are so many questions like what a good starter chicken is for a small coop? Who is a good retailer it get chickens. What type of feed is good price and quality wise? Helpful tips and tricks and any other input would be appreciated. I live in Central California if that makes any difference in info.
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2014

  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    First go to "where am I , where are you," in the social forum to locate and post on one of the California threads - there are several by area. They will be the source of information for your locale in regard to best breeds, people who sell them, what they feed, which is the best feed store and much more.

    Then go to the Learning Center above, great information for newbies and refresher course for the rest of us. I also recommend the "Raising Backyard Chickens" forum . That should get you off on the right foot.

    You need 4 sg.feet per bird inside the coop, and 10 sg.feet per bird in the outdoor run.
    A lot of manufactured coops cannot safely confind the amount of birds they advertise. If chickens are too crowded, they get into fights, feather picking and at the extreme end, even cannibalism.
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! X2 on drumstick diva's suggestions to check out the BYC Learning Center, lots of good articles on all aspects of chicken keeping you'll find helpful. https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center and your state thread for chicken keeping neighbors for suggestions on where to get feed and chicks etc https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread
    Breed wise, so far as layer breeds go, for egg numbers alone, the Red Sex Links (Golden Comet, Red Stars, ISA Browns etc) for brown eggs are probably the most popular layers around. If you want breeds that don't lay quite as well but will lay for a longer time, Australorps, Orpingtons (lots of people really like these, great pets though broody), Plymouth Rocks, Sussex, Delaware and Wyandottes are some other popular breeds that are usually pretty easy to get along with, they all lay different shades of brown eggs. The Easter Egger, often sold as Ameraucana by hatcheries, are a fun breed because they usually lay green/blue eggs, and they tend to be very nice birds, and then there are the Welsummer and Marans for dark brown eggs.
    Here are a couple of links to some nice chicken breed comparison charts you might like http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html and http://www.albc-usa.org/documents/chickenbreedcomparison.pdf and http://www.mypetchicken.com/chicken-breeds/breed-list.aspx
    when you have narrowed down your choices, don't forget to check the BYC Reviews section for member reviews on the different breeds. https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/category/chicken-breeds
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. You've been given some good advice, recommendations, and links by drumstick diva and Kelsie2290. For a good starter chicken for a small coop, I would recommend Black Australorps. They are extremely hardy, very calm and gentle, handle confinement well, and are the best layers of the standard, brown egg laying breeds. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Whatever breed you decide to get, good luck in getting your coop and chickens.
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    So glad you could join our community! Definitely stop by our learning center. Lots of good articles to help you get started, building the coop, raising the babies and keeping your adult flock happy, healthy and safe from predators. And you should chat with your chicken neighbors in your state thread too to see how they do things, what breeds do best in your climate and how to survive the elements. Kelsie has left you with both of these links.

    Enjoy this new adventure you are on and welcome to our flock!
  6. Masterslight

    Masterslight In the Brooder

    Aug 9, 2014
    Thank you all for the helpful links. I have a lot of reading to do.. :)

  7. Masterslight

    Masterslight In the Brooder

    Aug 9, 2014
    The 4sq. Ft per bird in the coop and 10 in the run is a question I didn't even know to ask but I definitely don't want to over crowd.
  8. NemerLuvPoultry

    NemerLuvPoultry In the Brooder

    May 24, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!
  9. Masterslight

    Masterslight In the Brooder

    Aug 9, 2014
    Thanks. :)

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