Saturday, March 12, 2011
Need some fellow list making/spreadsheet mamas and papas help
We are 99% sure we are going to get 13 chickens soon. Our city is finally passing an ordinance that will allow us to have 1 hen per 2,000 sqft. We have a shed out back that will work perfect, we just need to add some nesting boxes, put up fencing, etc. We're not sure if we're going to get chicks or full-grown hens. Chicks are hard work and we would have to keep a heat lamp on at all times until they get full grown (3mo). However, buying full grown hens is hard too since we don't know if they will have a nice temperament or what they've been fed.
I need some help figuring out costs for feed, scratch, etc. We're going to feed them organic (soy-free) feed and we plan to get that locally. How much does 1 hen eat a day? Can I feed them just once a day? I've got 2 books on hold at the library and can't wait to read them :)