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Old 03-19-2012, 11:16 AM
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Anyone on here raise chickens? Here's the deal- I got my shed moved across my property this past weekend and I'm going to make 1/2 of the shed into a chicken coop. I also am in the process of making a "pen" for them.

I'm going to be getting Rhode Island Reds- so any specific information on them would be helpful. From what I gather- they are good laying chickens and they taste good when that time comes! lol

What I need to know is what is their daily routine like?
What time of day do they lay their eggs?
What type of floor should I have for the coop? Concrete, gravel, dirt, plywood?
I'm planning on getting about 10 hens and 1 rooster (straight run).

I hear they are excellent at eating bugs from your garden- their coop and pen are RIGHT next to ours.

Also- this may sound dumb- but what's the difference between their nest and roost? I keep hearing people say they need these two things?


I realize some of these questions are dumb- but I've never raised chickens and am looking forward to starting! Thanks all
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Old 03-19-2012, 12:06 PM
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Sorry Tator i have no info but wasnt Foghorn Leghorn a Rhode Island Red
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my aunt has a dozen or so but i dont know the breed. they only have hens for the eggs. the roosters they had years ago were mean. they made it to the plate in a hurry. she has two sheds. both metal. both have wood boxes for laying. both have branches in them for roosting. one dirt floor the other wood. they eat anything including their own egg shells. they live with a goat also in the same pen. any other ? i'll have to ask her. oh and really no particular time for hers to lay and collect.
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Make your shed (coop) have a small outlet door that allows them to go out into the pen (chicken wire/mesh) and the floor will be nice with just plywood and hay. The roost can be a stick or tree branch for them to climb/jump up on....like the things parrots stand on, the round stick deal. Get the eggs before they get pecked up. You got me thinking a ways back when my family used to raise chickens. One rooster used to get out and chase me around....I got really fast and in good shape from those darn things.
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:21 AM
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TG- haha sorry I had to laugh about the rooster thing! I appreciate it guys-- I'm going to work more this weekend on the coop and hopefully have it done by easter. Thinking about getting 10-12 hens and one rooster.

Thanks alot for clearing up the roost part--- sort of like how turkeys go up into trees at night? Do the chickens ALL like to be on the roost at the same time? I'm just trying to figure out how big a branch or roost to make....

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Old 03-25-2012, 12:05 PM
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We have about 5 chickens and 2 roosters - Rhode Island reds are great to start with. There is another breed called sex-link that are also great egg producers. Handle the rooster a lot when it is young so it is use to you, being handled and will stay calmer.

Roost is where they go to sleep at night.

The other is where they lay the eggs. We let ours out and they eat a ton of bugs, kids love them.

Good luck!
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:32 AM
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Thanks everyone for the useful tips- I have learned alot just reading your posts. Did some work on the coop and pen this weekend. Got the post holes dug and posts in the ground for the pen and began working on the walls of the coop. Probably going to be getting the chicks this week sometime, or maybe this weekend.

BF- We have a place here in Missouri called Orscheln's and it's a farm and home store kinda like tractor supply- I like ours better though! The only tractor supply around is about 35 miles away. Orscheln's is 5 miles away!
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