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Raising Chickens At Home

July 19th, 2010 at 16:35

Raising Chickens At Home – Hints and Tips On Raising Chickens

For you to enjoy your hens and keep them healthy and productive, there’s not a great deal of rules you have to abide by. Chickens are generally robust birds and there’s not a large number of “do’s” and “don’ts” to bear in mind. The following advice on keeping pet chickens in the backyard originated from inquiries from people who were interested in becoming a chicken keeper…

Understanding Chickens

raising chickens at home gallus gallusChickens are descendants of Gallus Gallus, the red jungle fowl, a native of SE Asia. Chickens were first raised in captivity some five thousand years ago in India. Right now you can find more than 200 breeds, some developed to provide eggs, some meat and some solely for their natural beauty.

Chooks survive exceptionally well providing that there’s an ample supply of foodstuff and nourishment along with an accustomed location to gather. They are content with a place where they are able to scratch and forage for food and also have dirt baths. In essence, if chickens returned to the wild jungle environment, they would manage exceptionally well.

Favourite Chicken Food

raising chickens at home feeding timeHens are the ultimate recyclers, these omnivorous birds will certainly consume all of your leftovers, weeds, lawn clippings and plenty of garden pests including slugs, snails, ants, bugs as well as mice, which they’ll transform into lovely fresh eggs.

Add to their foraging by incorporating corn and mash and of course daily water and your hens will delight in their wholesome varied diet.

Where To House Your Flock Of Chickens

Chickens are quite happy with a small corner of your back garden. Provided that they’ve got enough space where they are able to roost, lay eggs and be protected from the elements and potential predators.

Hens are extremely sociable creatures, they desire other chickens company to enable them to huddle up during cold months and rainy days, Needless to say if you have the possibility to allow your chickens free range within your garden, that is better still.

So a chicken coop properly sized for the number of chickens you would like, along with a run or fenced off area helps keep your flock engaged and content.

Keeping Your Poultry Safe

Raising chickens at home will require amongst other things a sunny dirt run to allow them to wander about and scratch around. So long as the fence is high enough and deep enough in order to avoid other predators from entering the hens space, the flock is content and you are too.

The chicken coop needs to be an extremely secure assembly to help keep unwanted creatures out and keep your chickens secured when it is their time for them to roost.

Chickens Pecking Order

Your flock will quickly establish an heirarchy, termed ‘the pecking order’ that will maintain the harmony of the birds.

The superior bird typically an old hen or perhaps the most aggresive hen will be the leader of the pack and the pecking order will extend down to the weakest or smallest chook. You’ll notice the head hen as she will usually be the first to the food without any intervention from the others.

chickens pecking orderWhen new birds are introduced to a flock, there are always problems because of the upset to the pecking order, When a hen spots a newcomer it will alert the flock with a single croak and fights will ensue to find out where the newcomer is going to sit within the heirarchy.

To help lessen the impact of a new hen being henpecked, introduce new birds at night and if possible never one at a time.

You could consider getting the girls a cockerel, ( if you can put up with the crowing), as the rooster will stop the older hens from bullying the newcomers. After all it is the cock that rules the roost.

Teaching The New Chicks…

Another point to mention with regard to new birds, if you don’t already have an established flock to show the young ones what to do, they may not know where to perch at night. So for the the first couple of days you might have to show them the ropes and place them on their perches until they get the hang of it.

Did you believe me, when I said chickens will even eat mice? Check out the video below…

Raising Chickens at home and getting the factors previously mentioned correct, is going to result in you enjoying your new pet chickens and them rewarding you with a regular supply of beautiful fresh eggs.

chicken eggs

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3 Responses to “Raising Chickens At Home”

  1. Susan Says:

    I’m thinking of getting a couple of chickens to start off with. I’m really glad I found your site and am looking forward to more information from you. Thanks very much

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  3. jeffery dumont Says:

    Thank you for your website. We have ducks and are pretty much ‘yard birds’ except at night due to coyotes and bobcats.
    For us being new in the chick business of a small home farm, we need all the help we can get.
    Your article was very helpful. I guess raising 11 chicks won’t be soooo terrible.

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