Chicken Coop’s, Hen House’s, Ducks, Geese, Turkeys And Outdoor Run’s

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First you must make a few basic decisions about your poultry flock.

  • 1. How much room do I have available for a coop and run?
  • 2. How many chickens/ducks/turkeys will I be keeping in my flock?
    ** Rule of thumb, 1 chicken will produce 1 egg every 27 – 30 hours. That’s five or six eggs a week
  • 3. Will I want to keep any Ducks, Geese or Turkeys as well?
  • ** Chickens and ducks can be housed together.
    *** Turkey’s can catch and die of diseases that don’t effect chickens. Turkeys can become aggressive and require a separate coop and run well away from your chickens.
    **** Geese can be aggressive and should be housed in a separate house with their own outdoor run.

    What do I need to house my chickens? Number one consideration is safety. Almost everything likes to eat chicks, chickens and their eggs. Dogs, cats, rats, skunks, raccoons, opossums, hawks, owls and even snakes. With this said, you will need a chicken coop that is predator proof to lock your chickens in after they go to roost at night.
    **Hint: A wood or concrete floor is a must have to prevent predictors like skunks, from digging into your hen house.

    Disclaimer, I do not endorse any website or business I may provide a link to. These links are Only provided as a conveyance to my readers.
    How-Stuff-Works
    Freds Fine Fowl
    Back Yard Chickens

    As a minimum, standard size Chickens and Ducks will need 2-3 square feet of coop/hen house floor space.
    Geese and Turkeys will require much more floor space per bird.

    A coop that is 4 foot wide and 8 feet long {size of 1 sheet of plywood} provides 32 square feet of floor space, this is enough floor space for 12 to 15 Chickens or Ducks. 32 square space will only house 6 Geese and even fewer Turkeys.

    ** Hint: Once you have a basic plan/design you can scale that plan up or down to build a larger or smaller coop. Wood products come in even lengths. Try to always design and scale your coop in even numbers. 4X4, 4X6, 4X8, 8X8 sizes. You will have much less waste and less cutting and fitting to construct you new coop.
    Design and Plans on Building a Coop
    Easy Build Coop Plans
    Green Living-Raising chickens for eggs
    BackYardChickens – How to build a coop
    Build a Stealth chicken coop
    64 Square foot – Easy to build coop
    NDSU Extension Service – Agricultural and Biosystems
    University of Tennessee Extension has a collection of over 300 building and equipment plans

    ** Helpful Hints Construct your coop so it is ‘easy’ for you to clean and disinfect. A coop with 4 foot walls is difficult to enter, clean and collect eggs. 6 to 8 foot tall walls is much better.
    * Do not allow anything to set directly on the floor. This only invites mice and rats to live in your coop. Where there are mice you will likely find snakes as well!
    * Place nest boxes at a height that makes it easy for you to access and collect eggs.
    * Keep feeders and water troughs 2 to 4 inches off the floor. Your birds will waste much less food this way. Litter you remove from your coop is a great addition to your compost pile or use as mulch around garden plants.

    How much do they cost? Chicks can be purchased for as little as $1.50 each, slightly more when buying sexed birds. Ten to fifteen week old pullets and laying hens range from $3.00 to $10.00 each depending on the breed, age and availability in your local area.

    What breed is best for me? Chickens fall into 3 general classes.
    1. Bantams: Generally speaking, Bantams are miniature copies of the standard breeds. They are small to very small in size, fair layers of ‘small’ eggs.
    2. Layers: Layers are standard size, light weight birds at laying age but produce the most eggs for the amount of feed you provide.
    3. Multi-purpose breeds: are the heaviest and are also good egg layers making them a duel purpose bird. They provide a good supply of eggs and are good meat birds as well.
    McMurray Hatchery website contains a ton of useful information on different breeds that I am sure you will find useful.

    What do I feed my chickens? If your chickens are confined to a small coop it will be necessary to provide them with a balanced commercial chicken feed. This is the most expensive method of feeding you backyard flock. If you have a fenced yard they can be allowed to free range over your yard eating weeds, grass, seeds and insects of all kinds as well as ridding your yard of most insects. You will need to provide very little supplemental feed for a healthy happy flock.

    Your backyard flock will provide you with eggs, meat and a lot of enjoyment. Providing you do not get any roosters, chickens are very quite, easy to raise and handle and will provide you and your family with many hours of enjoyment.
    ** {A rooster is not need for hens to lay eggs.} A rooster is needed only if you plan to hatch a few of your eggs for replacement chicks.

    Next installment I will talk about Brooders for your new chicks.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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    7 responses to “Chicken Coop’s, Hen House’s, Ducks, Geese, Turkeys And Outdoor Run’s

    1. You have to find a neighbor or friend who can come over and feed them and put them up at night. I have a good neighbor who helped me when I had to leave for two weeks.

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      • When you have pets and/or poultry/livestock trust worthy friends and neighbors are a life saver.
        Sometime we just can’t help being away for a day or two.
        Grin… don’t for get to deliver a thank you pie to your friend.

        Happy Gardening

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    2. Question can geese be housed with ducks? We have 4 ducks 3 are Rouens and 1 white Peking all females.

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      • Turkeys and chickens should be segregated. Chickens can infect Turkey with diseases.
        Duck and Geese are compatible with each other as well as being housed with Chickens or Turkeys.
        I hope this is helpful.
        Happy Gardening

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    3. We raised all but turkeys when I was young. My mother didn’t like geese much, she said if you had too many they would start eating the siding off the coops. We never had enough of them to test the rule. Lots of work, but rewarding when you can do it.

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    4. They’re like kids and pets. They tie you down! But the eggs are sure good.

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    5. I would love some chickens but what happens if you want to go away for the weekend or for longer? I think I need to leave it a couple of years before I can make the commitment!

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