Please help with a few questions.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cjtdtd, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. cjtdtd

    cjtdtd Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 26, 2010
    Lexington KY
    I am about to order chicks. I am converting our shed into a coop and fenceing in a run/lot. I have a LARGE family and we need about a dozzen eggs a day. I plan on having 14-16 egg layers. I also want to have meat chickens. I do NOT want/need a rooster for the layers but I DO want the meat chickens to breed/produce. Do I need to divide/segregate the shed and run so that the meat chickens will court only each other? I don't want the rooster to waste his energy on the wrong hen and I don't want to gather the wrong eggs for eating. We live in Lexington KY so the weather is average (not too hot/not too cold) so do the chicks need to live in the garage or shed? If I need to keep them in the garage, at what age can they move to the shed? Please give me any advice/tips you have on breeds for eggs verses meat and what you think I should do. Now I am off to read the books I just got on chickens from the library. I sure wish I had not sold "Barnyard in your Backyard" in our yard sale.
    Thank you,
    Wife to a hardworking Irishman mother to eight beautiful children.
  2. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    Eight children! I can see why you want your own hens!
  3. chickenboy21

    chickenboy21 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2010
    For the chicks it depends on your temperature... it should be roughly 95*F the first week and dropped 5*F each week till 6 weeks when the temperature should be 70*F, after that they should be good [​IMG]

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