Phoenix Coop Setup and Questions!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DrinkTheRainbow, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. DrinkTheRainbow

    DrinkTheRainbow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you didn't know I'm just a student so I'm saving up to build a "perfect" coop for a trio of phoenix bantams that I want to buy from Cy Hyde.

    My Questions:

    What are good dimensions for the coop?
    What do you have to consider for their coop?
    Do they like an open coop or a coop with many places to "hide" in?
    Do you have to separate the male?
    Do they have a special diet?
    Do they need to be groomed a certain way?
    How do you breed them?
    How is their temperament? (Like are they flighty, semi-aggressive, docile etc.)
    How warm does it need to be for them?
    How much does Cy Hyde sell a trio for?
    How much is the shipping?
    How is their laying?

    Thank You for Viewing.
    I hope this isn't too many questions I'm asking.
     
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2011
  2. DrinkTheRainbow

    DrinkTheRainbow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No one? ** Sob **
     
  3. HighNDryFarm

    HighNDryFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The answers to your questions are all on this forum somewhere. Maybe try the search feature for each of your questions and then ask for help on what you don't get answers for, although I think you'll be able to find most of them. Have fun!
     
  4. DrinkTheRainbow

    DrinkTheRainbow Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Quote:I think the problem is that you do have too many questions in one post, and most of the are specific to one breed. Most of us probably never had that breed. I know I haven't. It boggles to think of answering them all at once, especially since many of those need a fairly long answer because "it depends."

    Three banties won't need a very big coop. The size also depends on climate. Basically, the colder your climate, the bigger the coop should be. I say build as big a coop as you can, even if you only have 2. It can be open. I don't know anything about your specific breed so I can't be of any help for those types of questions.
     
  6. johnwinters

    johnwinters Out Of The Brooder

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    It all depends on what you want:

    For my phoenix, I keep breeding birds in any kind of coop - They are not being grown for their tails. Also, obviously if they are breeding birds the hens will live with them. But if you want them for their tails, they must be kept separate.

    Also, typically their tail will grow as long as the roost. For example, I have an excellent White Bantam who has a two and a half foot tail and saddles, but that is all. That is because that is how high his roost is. The ends rub off when the tail grows longer.

    I feed mine layer mash, scraps, scratch and the breeders are pastured. That is how I raise chickens, I know some people have them on special diets. As far as breeding, they are like any other chicken. You should look for good birds in general as well as their tails. A perfect "Cy Hyde Onagadori" would have a non-molting, fast-growing and continually growing tail. But it can take over three years to ascertain whether a rooster has all these traits, so sometimes you have to look at how well their tails look while their still cockerels and decide then.

    I never groom them, although it is good to keep their bedding clean (no primary feathers, sticks, etc.), for these things can get caught in their tails. All mine live in coops with windows, and outside when there isn't snow here in southern Pennsylvania throughout the winter. Somehow their single combs are less prone to frostbite then some breeds it seems. The hens can be good layers (though their eggs are small) their first season, then they drop off. Not a laying breed!

    In the spring, the roosters will get aggressive, although this typically goes away in most the rest of the year, though I have one or two that stay aggressive all year.

    I can't say how much a trio or shipping would cost from Cy - Though I can tell you he is a very nice man has many exceptional birds. All my Cy Hyde Onagadori are, well, obviously from Cy Hyde. Though like I say, depending on what you want and such, his prices vary.

    Hope that helps, best of luck to you!
     

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