Thinking of raising chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by seanarn, Nov 29, 2016.

  1. seanarn

    seanarn New Egg

    Nov 29, 2016
    Brunswick Maine
    Hello I just joined this group. We are thinking about raising our own chickens here in Maine. Looking for suggestions on coops and any other information that could be useful. We wish to start with about six hens. We would like to start in the spring that's why I'm looking for information now. I have already checked with the town and understand I need a permit to raise chickens. I would like to know how large of a coop I should get and how do other people deal with the water freezing in the winter. Any information to help get us started would be helpful thank you
  2. grimalkin182

    grimalkin182 Just Hatched

    Nov 8, 2016
    Bournemouth UK
  3. grimalkin182

    grimalkin182 Just Hatched

    Nov 8, 2016
    Bournemouth UK
    Hi. I live in England so can't help much with coop and run buying in Maine! But I have 6 silkies that are about 16 weeks old. I chose them because there's only me and hubby so don't need tons of eggs and they don't lay as much as other chickens. But wow are they cute! They also don't dig up the garden or eat all your flowers plus have much smaller poop, so less clearing up. You need at least 3 sq ft per hen for the run. Don't have the coop too big or they'll get cold at night in the winter. I'll put some pix up for you to see. Good luck and I hope enjoy your new family in the Spring. Oh apple cider vinegar in their water helps stop it freezing and is good for them. Diatomaceous earth food quality in their feed helps get rid of worms. and Biodri powder in the coop keeps it drier and fresher. Hope this info helps! This website has answered all my problems! Sue[​IMG][/IMG]
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - great that you have joined us. I have no doubt that you will enjoy keeping chickens.

    You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads. As for winter - this thread may help (but there are lots) -

    You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area -

    All the best
  5. Athaid

    Athaid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC.
  6. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    CTKen has given you the best advice...check out the links he gave you. I recently moved to WY and haven't had to keep chickens in this sort of winter before, but I think a heated waterer or bowl would work for your climate. Members on your state thread should be a big help in helping you figure out what works best for you.

    Good luck and thanks for joining us!
  7. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic Premium Member

    May 22, 2013
    Serving Jesus
    My Coop
    Hi and [​IMG] I am glad you joined us!
  8. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
    x2 on what @CTKen wrote.
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] In the US, rule of thumb is to allow 4-5 sq. feet per bird inside the coop, excluding roosts and nest boxes. Allow 10 sq. feet per bird in the outdoor run. A solid cover on the run can provide some protection from the elements and also keep out raptors and some other predators as well.

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