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Has Chicken Farming Gone Digital?

March 06, 2017

types of chicken nesting boxesRaising chickens, although difficult, can be wonderful. You'll need plenty of items to successfully raise your chickens, including all the necessary equipment, various types of chicken nesting boxes, food and water, and enough space for both you and the chickens to roam around.

If you're one of the more modern chicken farmers, however, all you will need is a smart phone.

Egg Inc is the newest gaming app that has been gaining popularity on the Apple App Store and Google Play. The game allows users to build large industrial-sized farms, upgrade your farm, and produce eggs. And people love it.

"My chicken farm is populated by 7.3 million chickens producing 2.7 billion eggs per minute," said one Verge reporter who happens to love the game. "I have spent 41 septillion dollars in the bank, which will buy me a couple more upgrades for the machine-learning incubators that hatch new hens for me automatically."

The game is free to play, and seemingly is quite addicting, but for the more... conventional chicken farmer, you're going to actually need a few physical items to start, and maybe don't set your goal of desired eggs in the billions.

To begin your process, you need to have a well-thought out design plan for your coop. Make sure you determine what types of chicken nesting boxes you'll need and how many nest boxes you should have. Plan to have at least one nesting box per three chickens, and it's never a bad idea to have a few backup nests for the future. Make sure that your coop is large enough for you to actually stand in and move around so you can tend to the land, gather eggs, and shovel manure. Your coop will also have to hold a feeder and a few water containers so plan accordingly.

After you've set up your chicken coop, it's time to stock it with plenty of supplies. You'll need fully functioning feeders and water containers for your chickens. They do need feed every single day, as well as water, so make sure you have a solid plan of having both in bulk. Typically, a laying hen will consume around four to six ounces of feed eery day (even more in the cold months).

Once you've stocked your coop with all the necessary supplies, it's time to let your chickens roam and watch the magic happen. If you want to learn more about the various types of chicken nesting boxes, contact Best Nest Box today!