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I'm going to agway soon to buy 8 chicks ????. This will be my first time raising chickens, I have a big plastic container and brooder lamp. At agway I will buy the red heat bulb, pellet bedding, waterer, and feed. I plan to build a coop or buy a premade one soon and fence in a roosting area...I'm new to this so if anyone has any tips or good advice regarding habitat, different breeds, safety etc. feel free to share. The purpose of these chickens will be eggs, I do not plan on eating them.

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red stars are egg laying machine's, I also have Plymouth rocks that lay very well also. when you make your outdoor run lay chicken wire down on the grass and let grass grow through it this way they dont tare it up and turn it into dirt in a week. I also divided mine in half with wire fence this way I can let them use one side every other week allowing the grass to regrow on the other side not being used. I know I spoil my girls but a happy hen lays more eggs

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We have had chickens for years.   My wife always buy young ones, but not chicks.  Then you can put them right into your pen.

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Where are you going to keep the chicks... in the house? What are you going to use for bedding? I ask because if you use what agway will probably recommend, wood shavings, whatever room you keep them in will be covered in dust by the time they are old enough to move outside. Just something to think about.

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Buy a heated water bucket if it will be outdoors and freeze.. I'm not sure a heat lamp will keep it from freezing unless it's in a confined area.

I don't heat my chickens, but I didn't raise them from chicks.. they were several weeks old when I got them

I have 6 chickens and get 6-7eggs a day (almost 1 yr old now )

 

I built them a 10x22ft run recently.. before that they ran free in my yard. They will destroy the lawn in a few months.

 

My coops is designed for up to 6 chickens, but it seems pretty tiny for 6.. if I didn't build a run i would only have 3 in there.

 

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Where are you going to keep the chicks... in the house? What are you going to use for bedding? I ask because if you use what agway will probably recommend, wood shavings, whatever room you keep them in will be covered in dust by the time they are old enough to move outside. Just something to think about.

Agway recommends a pellet bedding, I didn't hear anything about wood shavings. They will be kept in the gun room under the brooder lamp. I'm not worried about the water freezing yet because these chicks will be indoors for a while, it will be warm by the time they go outside.

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DD,

 

 

Try looking around here:

Should answer some of your questions.

 

For type of chicken for eggs only, I recommend either Black or Red Stars.

They’re machines, absolutely fantastic.

 

https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/chick_selector.html

 

https://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/faqtop.html

 

 

http://blog.mcmurrayhatchery.com/resources-on-raising-chickens/

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You will need 50+ lbs of starter feed.

Use the pine shavings under newspaper for easy weekly clean up. Pine shavings are in bagged/ baled form at $2-3 at Tractor Supply. The shavings make for convenient future deep bedding and ease of compost containment/ application.

A chick sized waterer and feeder tray will work for chicks.

They should not be outside with no feathers/down.

Get the silver work lamp with a clamp on it to monitor the brooder temps. A thermometer tells you when to raise or lower the lamp. A sunny location will increase these temps.

Be prepared for the feed/feather dust in the room.

The darker eggs taste best.

Good luck!

Birdman

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Agway recommends a pellet bedding, I didn't hear anything about wood shavings. They will be kept in the gun room under the brooder lamp. I'm not worried about the water freezing yet because these chicks will be indoors for a while, it will be warm by the time they go outside.

 

I would definitely not keep them in the gun room. The dust they create will get everywhere and I mean everywhere. If you do keep them in there you should get a zipwall type setup and seal them off some how. 

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The dust from the young birds won't hurt anything.  A bit more to clean up around the house isn't a big deal and the dust won't do anything to the firearms if they have a light coat of oil or Break Free CLP.  It may be worth looking into the immunological studies that have been done on farm families.  The dust from the animals will help to develop and strengthen a person's immune system over time. 

 

Get a big dog cage and line it on the sides with cardboard so they can't get out and line the bottom pan of the cage first with newspaper and then with pine shavings.  Keep it in the house but away from where you sleep, with a light bulb inside suspended to keep them warm.  Eventually, they will get too big for the cage this is why timing of bird purchase is important.  Heat lamps or incandescent light bulbs may be needed for a while once they are moved outside to your pest resistant facility.

 

If you want to free range your birds do it while you are home in the afternoons and be ready for pest trouble especially during April, May, and June.  It helps to have older birds around that are used to roaming as they will help to lead the others back to the coop or to other safe areas.  A rooster will watch over the flock spotting trouble but roosters are not as good watchmen as guineas.  Once you learn what the guinea hens chatter means, they will be telling you when predators are nearby, when they are near your flock, and the approximate direction of predator approach.  You will learn to read these signs and will prevail.

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Agway recommends a pellet bedding, I didn't hear anything about wood shavings. They will be kept in the gun room under the brooder lamp. I'm not worried about the water freezing yet because these chicks will be indoors for a while, it will be warm by the time they go outside.

Don't wait to long to build the outside coop. They grow fast. Talk with RGW he has had chickens for years and does good with them. Good egg layers and meat birds

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Have a "man party" at your house, provide free beer, and strangers from this site will come over and build your coop... :up:

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OK who's up for a Coop Building Party at DD's ?

 

The best thing is a bare floor. Scape all the poop into one spot then sweep it up. The thing you do not want in your Coop is moisture and poop is moist. A plywood floor works great. Scrape it up and clean it every 3 days or so. You want one Nest Box for every 4 Chickens. 12 Chickens 3 nest boxes. They will share. If you have the cash to lay out on material I will come help you build it. It's not hard. Only thing I need is Framing Nail Gun. I have all the others. (My son swiped mine).  Heres a materials list for a 4x4x8. 12 Chickens. I'm trying to do this without a pencil and paper

 

3sheets     1/2in Texture 111 Plywood

 

16        2x4x8 Doug Fir Studs

 

1     4x8  3/4in. Marine Grade Plywood  (floor)

 

2    26"x12' Suntuff Plastic Roof Panels w/ ridgecap

 

This will get it built and you can finish up the inside any way you want. We can build the Roof Panels in a frame to make them removable if you want to. It will make cleaning a lot easier. Just add some 1x2's for framing.

 

The Roof Panels come in a lot of colors. You want the sun to get in but not so much in the summer. I like the dark green myself. The Perches you need right away but the nest boxes can wait.

 

There is nothing better in this world than an Egg from a free range Chicken. If you lock them up every night the Fox won't get them. They will go in by themselves once they claim a Perch inside.

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Thanks so much for everyone's info. I got 10 chicks, some barred rocks, americaunas, delawares, gold sex links and Rhode Island's. We're getting a plan in motion now for a coop. I think we might build a 6x8 coop with a 6x12 run for a total of 6x20. I really like the suntuff roof panels, as long as it comes out cheaper than sheathing and shingles. We're gonna go big in case of future additions to the flock. And Stevo I really do appreciate the offer for the help, but between me, my dad who made a living as a rough framer, and my uncle who is also a home builder, and his 17 year old son, I think we can manage. If 4 grown men can't tackle a chicken coop then we have more issues than I thought....

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the bottom pic the barred rock in the back i think is a male. i would have to see feet and wings to know for sure

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the marking on top of its head isnt a dot, looks like it goes slightly behind its head, i will bet the feet are yellow with no black and probably white on wings

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