Raising Chickens: What you need to know

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Raise ChickensWhen I first brought six adorable chicks home, I had no idea what I was doing. Truth be told, I still don’t.

Since that day, I’ve been trying to decide whether being well versed in the ways of chicken raising is important. It’s not.

You can learn how to raise chickens as they grow to develop their natural behaviors and unique personalities.

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Raising chickens is fun, it’s a learning experience, and it’s a commitment. Although I don’t think it’s important to know everything about chickens before jumping in, it is important to know a few things first.

  1. Build the coop before bringing them home. I ignored this piece of advice. It was a mistake. Weekends fill up faster than you can build!
  2. Know how to best feed and water your birds. Different ages requires different types of feed, know what’s appropriate for the age of your bird. Have a plan for providing a constant supply of clean water.
  3. Understand their “normal” behavior. You don’t need to know every warning sign from day one. You need to know what’s normal. The largest of my birds enjoy digging themselves cool dirt nests on hot days. When they begin panting, they are too hot. Understanding these irregular behaviors helps me make healthy changes to their living space.
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2 Responses to Raising Chickens: What you need to know

  1. Had chickens growing up and hubby and I have talked about trying a few, for the nice fresh eggs. Do you get many eggs? And I guess we will have to decide how many and how big of a coop. How did you decide? Do you have to have a rooster to get eggs?

    • brookeO says:

      We got our first eggs today. However, I’m expecting to be getting almost 1 dozen per hen during the most productive season. We received our coop from a friend who is moving. It is probably a bit small for our numbers; however, our six chickens have about 1/2 acre of roaming space so they don’t seem to mind. And no roosters needed if you just want eggs. We plan to eventually raise some chickens for meet, in which case we will eventually need some fertilized eggs.

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