Keeping chickens in your backyard can be a great way to add a few pets to the family and get fresh eggs when you need them. However, you need to care for them properly to get the best results. Here are some tips for keeping backyard chickens.
Advice on Keeping Backyard Chickens
The first thing you should do before you decide to go out and buy a few chickens and build a coop is figure out if you’re legally allowed to keep chickens in your backyard. There are regulations that prohibit some animals depending on where you live, so checking beforehand is a good idea.
Make sure you have ample space. Chickens don’t like to be crowded. If you’re going to keep numerous chickens in a coop, you should make sure you have at least one square meter per chicken so things aren’t too cramped.
Your chickens will be a lot happier if you can let them get out and move around a bit. So, if you have an area enclosed by a tall fence, your chickens won’t get away if you let them out of the coop. The chickens will enjoy some free range time every now and then.
It may be tempting to use all the newest products and techniques to raise your chickens. However, the best way to make sure you have a healthy chicken that produces a healthy egg is to take the natural route. While commercial feed is effective, your chickens should also eat a varied diet of fruits, vegetables and other whole foods. In fact, you can feed them many of the fruits, vegetables and foods you would consider “scraps.”
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