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The Easiest and Best Way of Raising Chickens

Sep 9, 2008
Whether you have chosen to raise chickens as pets, food, or for game there are certain factors you need to keep in mind when beginning your project. Because they are relatively easy to maintain, chickens have long been the first choice for most people attempting to raise their own food. A decision must be made early on, preferably before acquiring your flock, whether you are going to use them for eggs, food, or both.

The first step in preparing for your new animals is making sure there is ample room for the number you plan on acquiring. The chicken house does not require anything fancy or specialized, only safe, dry, and clean.

You will need perches for night time roosting as well as nesting boxes for the collection of eggs. Including a cover on your pen from chicken wire, to scrap metal or whatever you choose will protect them from hawks and also keep them safely inside of the enclosure.

Oyster grit aids in digestion, and oyster shell helps their eggs develop strong shells as well.Including a cover on your pen from chicken wire, to scrap metal or whatever you choose will protect them from hawks and also keep them safely inside of the enclosure.Keep in mind that roosters are strutting noisy creatures, and can cause plenty of problems for you if you live in a busy or crowded area.

Offering easy access to clean food and water is a must to their general health and you can find water dispensers at most feed stores. These are designed with cleanliness and sanitation in mind. Depending on the type of chickens you are going to have, there are different style feeders to suit any special needs. The food used to feed them can be obtained at feed stores also, and can be chosen to also suit the brood you acquire.

Whether you have smaller hens or larger ones, they will need supplements as well as the addition of certain vitamins to aid in producing healthier eggs for human consumption. Grit aids in digestion, and crushed oyster shell helps their eggs develop strong shells as well. These items are all available at feed stores also.

All of these items are all available at feed stores also.The food used to feed them can be obtained at feed stores also, and can be chosen to also suit the brood you acquire.When choosing the location for the chicken pen, try to allow for ample grass areas as well.Offering easy access to clean food and water is a must to their general health and you can find water dispensers at most feed stores.

Before deciding on whether or not you will have a rooster, it is imperative that you consider all aspects of having one. A rooster is not necessary for the hens to lay their eggs, the eggs will simply not be fertilized, however they will continue to lay regardless of whether or not there is a rooster present. Keep in mind that roosters are strutting loud creatures, and can cause problems for you if you live in a relatively busy or crowded area.

Some research will go a long way in helping you in your choices, and educating you on the best brooding hens, or best producers, etc. If the coop is roughly eight feet by twelve feet, you will need to have double the amount of grassy area to suit. The chickens will eat the grass, and they need this area to catch insects and scratch in the dirt.
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