If you’ve ever thought about starting to keep chickens but weren’t quite sure, then today’s article is for you. We bring you some tips for getting started and advice to consider. Find out if you have the time and how the breeding process works. After reading this, you’ll be an expert at keeping chickens.
Hens don’t just belong on the farm
So when you hear the phrase chicken farming, does a farm come to mind? Believe me, it doesn’t have to be that way at all. You can also raise chickens in your backyard or garden. Chickens take up very little space. What are the requirements?
- each hen needs a square metre in the coop
- the hen run should be at least ten square metres
You should also inquire about whether keeping chickens is allowed in your neighborhood. Go to your local council or contact your local councillor and ask if you can start. If you have rented land, ask the owners. Some municipalities have limits on the number of poultry that can be kept on their land.
How to raise chickens
Keeping chickens is not difficult at all. Yet they will require your attention and daily care. What does a day with chickens look like? In the morning, you let them out of the coop and into an enclosed run. Check that they are in good health. Are they peering curiously around, their claws look healthy and red, they move around without difficulty and their feathers are nice and shiny? That’s what healthy hens look like. Next, top up the water and feed them. Clean the hen house and bed down. Don’t forget to look for the eggs!
In the afternoon you should check the hens again. In the evening, lock them in the coop. This is the only way to protect them from predators. During the winter months, you should also feed them before going to bed. They need more energy to keep warm. As far as food is concerned, you can buy pre-made mix for them. But the truth is that hens like to eat almost everything. Remember to replenish fresh water regularly.