Totally off topic Chutz..

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leemadd
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   Posted 4/24/2009 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I am thinking about getting a couple of laying hens probally 4 of them. How old are the hens when they start laying?? How big of an area do I need for them to wonder I know the coop can be small cause they like that. I was very young when we hAD Chickens and dont remember alot other than the chickens are adorable and I love fresh eggs..
LeeAnn

Chutz
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   Posted 4/24/2009 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi LeeAnn!

You're right, they don't take a lot of room. They do need protection from predators tho. Hens start laying about 20-22 weeks of age and they lay best for the first year. Commercially they get rid of them at that time but I let mine lay til they die of old age. Why not? I buy breeds that are good layers and foragers. My favorites are Rhode Island Reds, Araucanas/Americanas, but the best and sweetest tempered ones I've ever had are the red and black stars. They are a sex-link chicken meaning you can tell their sex on hatching because they are different color according to sex. No roosters that way.

These are some sites that might be helpful. The first one is a place I read for information on everything 'chickens'. The others are building plans. I have no financial interest in any of these sites, just places I like to go for chicken ideas.

Hope this helps!
Chutzie

http://www.the-coop.org/
http://www.buildeazy.com/chicken_coop_1.html
http://www.freechickencoopplans.com/
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Stari
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   Posted 4/26/2009 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Chutzie thank you for the wonderful sites. The family and I have been talking about getting hens but weren't sure how to build a coop.

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   Posted 4/26/2009 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't see how this is off topic... I mean fresh eggs are helpful to fibro as part of a nutritious meal plan, right? And growing chickens is a soothing hobby, great for diverting you from your aches and pains, not to mention, a great way to get your bending and stretching in without really noticing it.... tongue
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Chutz
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   Posted 4/26/2009 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Nice try, girlfriend...lol tongue Our problem was fighting off predators. We used to run between 2-3 dozen laying hens. We'd replenish some each year as old age set in. But recently weasels got into the coop 3 nights and slaughtered the entire flock except for 2 who escaped. We gave those away rather than have them get killed too. Yes, it's a great hobby when things go according to plan. Make sure to add an electric wire on the outside about 6-8" off the ground. Keeps the coyotes out.

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