durham pet sittersHow to Care for Chickens:  The Basics

Is raising chickens something of interest to you? It seems like a great way to spend time, get some fresh eggs…I mean you just can’t beat fresh eggs, right? But, apparently, it’s not as easy as it seems. It can be quite the undertaking. However, once you have your “chickens” in a row it’s something that is definitely doable.

First off, the sad truth is that some will die.

I’ll never forget my friend who first introduced me to raising chickens. She had two die in one week and was devastated. However, this is just a fact of the chicken raising. Some fledglings will die. Then even after you raise them, some predator might come in the middle of the night.

We had another family that gave us a dozen every other week. Then a raccoon came and savaged their coop. Unfortunately as a chicken owner, you have to be prepared for anything. There’s really no way other way to plan for it, but know that these things happen and it’s not your fault.

However, once you realize this and know it’s out of your control, you can and will have own your own flock if you put your mind to it. It’s a little bit of of work at first, but once you’re established it’s much more manageable.

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The Chicken Coop

It has to hold a feeder and water containers and a nest box for every three hens. It should be large enough that you can stand in it to gather eggs and shovel manure.The birds will need a place to spread their wings, so to speak: a 20 x 5″ chicken run, for example, or a whole backyard. Either way, the space must be fenced to keep the chickens in and predators out. 

They are social animals

If you’re going to have chickens, plan to have at least four to six birds. At least 2 square feet of coop floor per bird. The more space, the happier and healthier the chickens will be; overcrowding contributes to disease and feather picking.

We’ve searched the internet and this is the best tutorial we’ve found… Check it out: Seven Simple Steps to Owning Backyard Chickens.

Do you own chickens? We’d love to hear about you experiences in the comments or on our social media!

And, whenever you need help with care of your feathered friends, give us a call!  Yep, we care for chickens, as well as many other species of pets!

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