Getting Started with Raising Chickens

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Daily Chores to Keep Your Chickens Healthy

If you’re raising chickens, whether for eggs or meat, you want your fowl to stay healthy. Healthy chickens need attention and care every day. The following, simple measures, taken daily, help to keep your [more…]

What to Feed Your Chickens When

If you’re raising chickens, remembering what feed you need for different types and ages of chickens can get confusing. What you feed a young layer is different than what you feed a mature meat bird. The [more…]

How to Start Your Chickens Off Right

Raising chickens means taking care of them from the time they’re little puff balls with feet. To start your chicks off right so that they grow into healthy adults, make use of the following tips: [more…]

Raising Chickens For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Raising chickens can be fun and rewarding. Whether you’re raising layers to get eggs with deep golden yolks or birds for tender, tasty meat or birds for cackling companionship, caring for your birds is [more…]

How to Choose a Vet for Your Chickens

If you plan to raise chickens, you must find a good veterinarian who treats poultry. Don’t wait until a bird gets sick. Know where to go before an emergency arises in your flock; you’ll save valuable time [more…]

How to Raise Chickens Cheaply

Raising chickens is a great pastime — but it can be an expensive one. Starting a chicken flock, whether for food or for fun, comes with start-up and maintenance costs. Chickens, however, are more economical [more…]

How to Raise Chickens — Legally

To know whether you can legally keep chickens at your home residence, you need to explore the zoning laws for your location. Then, take a look at any special regulations in that zoning district that may [more…]

How to Change Chicken-Raising Regulations

There may be ordinances or laws against raising chickens on your property – but that doesn’t mean you should give up on having chickens in your backyard. If your city, village, or township doesn’t allow [more…]

How to Buy Healthy Chicks for Raising Chickens

To raise healthy chickens, you must start with healthy chicks. That’s easy enough to say — but how do you know if the chicks are in good health? Even a reputable hatchery may miss the earliest signs of [more…]

How to Buy Healthy Adult Chickens

Starting a chicken flock with adult birds, though less common than raising chicks, is a great way to have a productive backyard coop from day one. But your flock won’t be productive if they aren’t happy [more…]

Common Chicken Illnesses and Treatments

Serious illness is unlikely in a backyard flock, especially if you vaccinate the chickens. All the same, it’s good to be aware of them in case you ever are wondering, is my chicken sick? Diseases can spread [more…]

How to Choose Commercial Chicken Feed

Feeding chickens isn’t just throwing some corn outside the coop, no matter what old movies show. To find the commercial feed that’s best suited to your chickens, you need to understand the purpose of different [more…]

How Much and When to Feed Chickens

Feeding backyard chickens is an imprecise science. It’s difficult to tell someone how much to feed their chickens, or even when to feed them. So many variables are involved: the type of chickens, whether [more…]

How to Hydrate Chickens with Plenty of Drinking Water

Like all creatures, chickens must have clean water. You should never wonder how much water to give chickens or when; fresh water should never be limited. Chickens whose water intake is restricted won’t [more…]

How to Pick Treats for Chickens

While a chicken’s diet should be well balanced, an occasional treat can be good. Treats can help relieve boredom in confined chickens, including those that are being kept inside for the winter. They may [more…]

Things to Consider when Designing a Chicken Coop

Building a chicken coop takes time, at least some skills, and a lot of careful planning. Before you start hammering, pull out some graph paper and make sure you address everything a chicken needs to stay [more…]

How to Choose a Pre-Fab Chicken Coop

Building a chicken coop isn’t always the best — or cheapest — way to house your backyard chickens. Many affordable pre-fab chicken coops are on the market. However, you need to know how to choose a chicken [more…]

How to Choose the Right Coop for Chicken Housing

Choosing a chicken coop goes hand-in-hand with other chicken-keeping considerations. There are many ways to raise chickens in your backyard successfully, depending on the type of chicken you plan to raise [more…]

Knowing How to Clean Your Chicken House, and When

Looking after your chicken housing is important for the health and well being of your birds. At the very least, your chickens need the following conditions to stay clean and healthy: [more…]

Keeping a Chicken’s Diet Interesting by Offering Treats

Chickens’ diets need to be well balanced, but an occasional treat can be good for the birds. Treats can help relieve boredom in confined chickens, including those that are being kept inside because of [more…]

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