The new guy

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mikeh7172, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. mikeh7172

    mikeh7172 In the Brooder

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    Brand new to raising layers, we received two roosters last year from my wife's friend and and she is giving us 40 straight run this spring. I'm not sure on the breed but I'll attempt to post a pic. I heard of Backyard chickens through Lakes Country Journal. I currently have enough material to build a 24' run and I'm going to be repurposing a fish house (7x7)for a coop. My biggest question right now would be how many roosts should I build and how many nest boxes. I suppose that last will be better to answer when I find out how many hens I end up with.

    Thanks for your time and allowing me in the group!
    Mike



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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Hello, Mike, welcome to BYC.
     
  3. alexa009

    alexa009 Crowing

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    Welcome to Backyard Chickens! :welcome Glad you joined the flock! You have a very beautiful rooster and hen there! What breed is the roo?
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens Mike, it's nice to meet you
     
  5. Plip

    Plip Free Ranging

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    Welcome to BYC, Mike! Great to have you here!
     
  6. Liz Birdlover

    Liz Birdlover Chirping

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    Just want to say Welcome! But I've got no advice for you, I only have 13 chickens, so I am still in learning mode.

    With Homing Pigeons I have to supply one nest box and nest bowl per pair, but my chickens have been so funny, despite supplying 4 nest boxes with my first 3 hens, they all wanted one box and would take turns going in to lay their eggs. Now I have 3 coops, 1 Roo per coop with his girls, so there are a few nest boxes to choose from, but so far most end up choosing the cushy corner they pile up the wood chips, and I only find 1 lonely egg in the nest boxes once in awhile, go figure. LOL
     
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  7. MissMaple

    MissMaple Chirping

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    Welcome! Your chickens in the picture are beautiful. What breed are they?
     
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  8. 007Sean

    007Sean Crossing the Road Premium Member

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    Howdy Mike:welcome:frow Happy :yato have you join the family. Enjoy your time here at BYC! :)
     
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  9. Joeschooks

    Joeschooks Free Ranging

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! Rather than the number of roosts what’s important is the roost space per bird. My advice would be to allow at least 10” roost space per chicken and one nest box for every 3-4 hens :thumbsup Best wishes for your chicken adventures!
     
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  10. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg Premium Member Project Manager

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens!

    X2 on josechooks post for roost and nest boxes
     

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