If you've ever considered raising chickens, the time is now. Or at least, the time to learn more about what it takes to raise chickens is now. It's a little bit different than raising a cat or a dog, but with the proper education, you can do just about anything.
Whether you're considering raising chickens or simply curious to learn more about what chicken care entails, here are some basic tips that will help get you started.
The More the Merrier
Like many other birds, chickens are social animals and thrive in communities of multiple other hens. If you're looking for a minimum, the vast majority of experienced chicken owners will recommend two, but three or more is always encouraged. In addition, one chicken won't provide you with all of the eggs you're probably thinking about.
Chickens Need Medical Attention
If your chickens get sick or injured, they need medical attention just like any other pet you might have. It's always best to take them to a veterinarian specializing in avian medicine, so make sure you do your veterinary research.
Nest Boxes Are Essential
In the vast majority of cases, a 12x12 nest box is necessary for a chicken to lay eggs. Metal chicken nesting boxes are fairly popular, but the best nest boxes will be ones that are comfortable and safe for your chicken. Chicken nesting boxes can be created using a variety of materials. Metal chicken nesting boxes are very durable and should be lined with insulating materials. The best materials to line nesting boxes with include wood shavings, shredded paper, and even grass clippings if your lawn isn't chemically treated. These nesting materials are not used inside a rollout nest box. Some roll out nest boxes have a removable nest pad that is made of polyethylene resins in a grass-like configuration. These pads are easy to clean and do not provide a home for bacteria.
Raising chickens might be a little bit different than what you're used to, but it's certainly one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. If you do the proper research and make all of the necessary preparations, you should be ready to take on the task without a problem. Get ready to collect all of those fresh eggs!