Rearing chickens at the backyard of your household might eventually turn you to becoming a rich and wealthy farmer.
It’s immensely a popular activity across the world and United State at large.
Some people only think chickens are only useful for egg laying, while some believe and understand how lucrative the business of backyard farming could be.
Infact , apart from the money gain and its substitence nature, chickens around the house also bring about entertainment while providing positive environment for teaching children to cater and care for animals.
If you had not
thought about having chickens/hens around, please consider from now as this
tips will eventually put you in line towards backyard chicken rearing.
1. Laws In Your Vicinity Should Be Highly Consider
One thing that should come to your mind before considering a backyard chicken rearing is the law and customs of the area.
Some cities, Town, Village, Area does not allow chicken rearing while
some would tell you that there are limits to what you can rear.
2. Increase Egg-Laying
Most chickens start laying eggs at six months old, but some can take longer than that. Chickens then lay eggs for about two years of their life. To make the most out of their laying years, provide them with the best environment and food to lay great eggs. They lay eggs based on daylight hours, so providing a light in the coop on shorter winter days can increase winter egg production. Natural light can be increased by having windows in the coop, otherwise hanging lights work as well. Another tactic to increase egg laying is the right feed. Use a feed that is high in protein and calcium for natural egg production.
3. Keep Chickens in an Area Using a Pen if you don’t have a Fence
Letting chickens explore free range helps them stay healthy. They create richer-tasting eggs, they forage for natural food sources, and they stay active. Chickens naturally live by the cycle of the sun, so when it starts to get dark they head home to the coop and put themselves to bed. Because of this, you won’t have to worry about corralling the chickens every night into the coop if they are free range. If you don’t have a fence, consider using a pen meant for dogs or chickens.
4. Start with Adults instead of Chicks (If it’s your first time)
Raising chicks requires specialized care, supplies, feed, and attention. A safe bet for first-time backyard chicken keepers is to buy mature chickens that are accustomed to coops and are independent animals. This will allow you to have eggs almost immediately with little daily maintenance aside from regular cleaning and filling of feed and water.
5. Pick the Right Breed
Some breeds are meat breeds and some are egg breeds. There are rare dual-breeds that can be used for both, but typically people choose one or the other. Getting a couple different breeds of chickens can yield different colored eggs and a variety of feather colors for easier distinction between your hens. Some favorite breeds that are egg-laying and even-tempered include: Speckled Sussex, Light Brahmas, Cuckoo Marans, Easter Eggers, or Rhode Island Red.
6. Keep the Coop Locked at Night to keep out Predators
Chickens have little means to defend themselves from
predators like foxes, raccoons, or stray dogs. To keep your chickens out of
danger, keep the coop secure and locked at night while they sleep and nocturnal
7. Teach Chickens to use Nesting Boxes
If you have free-ranging chickens, they might not know to lay eggs in their nesting box. If this is your situation, look for eggs in unusual places, like by the bushes or hidden in other areas of the coop. A couple ways to encourage use of nesting boxes is to lock the chickens in the coop for a week or so to teach them the coop is their home. Another way is to place other eggs, or fake eggs, in the nesting boxes to show the chickens what to do. They will typically follow behaviors of other chickens.
8. Watch for Changes in Coloring or Behavior
Once you get to know your chickens, you’ll pick up on their typical
behaviors, how they look, and how much food and water they consume. If they
start to lose feathers uncharacteristically, lay abnormal eggs, or their comb
changes or loses color, it could indicate an illness or another issue.
10. Consider Climate when Caring for Chickens
If your region gets a lot of rain or snow, consider raising your coop
off the ground to help keep chickens safe, warm, and dry. This provides an
outside shelter away from the moisture and keeps the coop free of standing
water. If you live in an area with cold winters, make sure to have running
water or a heated water source to prevent essential drinking water from
freezing. If your home is in a warmer area of the U.S., make sure your chickens
have a well-ventilated coop with areas of shade to keep them cool and
More To Follow………………………….