new coop in OHIO

Discussion in 'Beginners Forum' started by dpappas319, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. dpappas319

    dpappas319 New Member

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    I am starting a new coop in NE Ohio The coop is 8' x 8' bottom 4 foot chicken wire top is nesting boxes and perch also have a 8foot x 10 foot run attached.... where i live they are not allowed out of the coop.... so my questions
    I want Brown Eggs, what type of chickens are hardy in the cold and heat of ohio......
    and how many can go into my coop i enclosed a picture of the coop that i am getting this weekend
     

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  2. birder4life

    birder4life New Member

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    with the run atachment and frequent cleaning and moving of the coop you could probably have a dozen birds or more in there, although 6-9 would probably be a better number especially to start with.
    As for breeds, there are a lot of brown egg layers that are pretty sturdy in extreme weather, my personal favorites are Plymouth Rocks (buff and barred are the varieties that I have kept) and Rhode Island Reds. But there are many others that would do just fine.
     

  3. dpappas319

    dpappas319 New Member

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    Thank you.
     
  4. Apyl

    Apyl New Member

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    Personally for that small of a space I would either go with bantams if all you want are eggs and only like 4 bantams, or if you want stardard size chickens I would only do 2 or 3. 8x8 is not that much space for keeping a dozen chickens cooped up when it snows. Plus 8x10 area with more than 3 full size chickens is grounds for over crowding and issues. As for brown layers that are cold hardy, I like my Barred Rock and Buff Orpington, both are cold hardy and lay brown eggs. But of course this is my opinion.
     
  5. Sundancers

    Sundancers New Member

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    I like to say Grandma H. had the first chicken tractor. lol She had a little 2 x 4 lot with three buffs in it, each morning and each evening she would move their little lot to a new and clean spot. (this was 30 plus years ago. :)) Thanks for the step back in time. ;)

    I would start out with a few and see how they do. Then you could add more if the lot can handle it.
     
  6. dpappas319

    dpappas319 New Member

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    Another question. Do I have to have a rooster in order for my hens to lay eggs
     
  7. Sundancers

    Sundancers New Member

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    To lay eggs, no ... but to hatch them, yes.
     
  8. dpappas319

    dpappas319 New Member

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    Thank you. This guy was trying to pull one over on me.
     
  9. Roslyn

    Roslyn A Round American Woman

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    There are still "Ole-Timers" out there that think having a rooster with the hens some how makes them lay more often, and a larger number of eggs. Not sure if it's true, my girls laid just fine even when I didn't have a rooster.
     
  10. hollyosborn

    hollyosborn HollyOsborn

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    my Rhode Island Reds lay the PRETTIEST brown eggs, sooo rich and yellow. GORGEOUS..
     
  11. BuckeyeChickens

    BuckeyeChickens New Member

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    dpappas, i would recommend the Buckeye! it was developed in NE Ohio (Warren County) and is the ONLY breed to be developed by a woman. They were bred to be cold tolerant and withstand the hot humid Ohio summers, too. By the looks of this coop I'd say you could easily keep 5-6 Buckeye hens....they handle confinement very well and lay medium sized brown eggs, even in the winter!!!
     
  12. cogburn

    cogburn New Member

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    Rhode Island Reds you can't go wrong. Big Brown eggs, like clockwork.