Washington Newbie w/ Few Qs

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by hokankai, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. hokankai

    hokankai Songster

    May 18, 2010
    SW WA
    Hello from SW Washington state! Our family is starting up a small backyard flock of around 6-8 hens and I just had a few quick questions that I didn't think needed their own topics:

    1) how do bantam/standard sized mixed flocks usually turn out? I don't want my bantams to be picked on...but they are so freakin' cute!

    2) for a starter flock in the end of summer/early fall, what are our options on aquiring hens? is it best to wait and raise chicks or to get a few pullets?

    3) our coop will be a henhouse/run set-up like this (a modified version of the Garden Coop plans from this site http://www.thegardencoop.com):
    [​IMG] (henhouse dimensions are 6' L x 6' W x 3' H)

    how many hens will comfortably fit in this set-up? i feel like 3' is short for a hen house...but the plans call for that and i'm not sure how we would modify it without taking away valuable square footage in the run. also there will be additional roosts mounted in the run and do they really need much vertical space where they sleep/lay eggs? we're looking into breeds such as Orpingtons, RIRs, Barred Rocks, Black Sex-Links, and maybe an Ameraucana

    Thanks! I'm looking forward to cruising this site and learning more about raising chickens [​IMG]

    Edit: the mesh is 1/2"...not 12"...LOL
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2010
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I wouldn't put any more than 6 standards in that setup or 9 bantams. or a combo therof.

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