Tips for Raising Chickens in Backyard Chicken Coops
The world that we know it is changing. Everything is becoming eco-friendly, green, and everyone is doing it themselves. One thing that much of the world has already taken custom to is the taste of farm-fresh and free roam chicken eggs.
I’m talking about chickens; the coop revolution is here. This fowl brings much to the table. Eggs, meat, bug control, and hours of entertainment for the family, and a stress-relieving activity for yourself.
First thing is first. Check your local regulations or ordinances to see if you are even allowed to care and house your new family members.
The next thing is to make sure our chickens have a home. Just like you and I chickens require shelter, food, and water. How many chickens you have will determine the amount of space they will need. An example of the appropriate recommended amount of space is four square feet per bird. Much like us, chickens like to get out and stretch their arms…wings. The recommended open space (aka: the run) is 10 square feet per chicken.
ips for Maintaining Backyard Chicken Coops
It’s a dirty job but someone has to do it. That’s right I’m talking about chicken poop. The less space you give your chickens the more times in a week you will need to be scooping. It’s a simple rule of thumb. Less space, less room for chicken poo.
You can’t forget about food. No we won't tell you how to prepare your chicken; however, what your chicken eats will greatly affect its flavor and health. Many chickens will like table scraps, vegetables, and nearly anything else. One thing that should never be given to your chicken is avocados. Try some things out do some research and let us know what you find!
Ready to build your coop? Chickens like fresh air and open spaces, but we will also need to keep them covered from the elements from hot sun and below freezing snow. This means poultry netting will come in handy for the run or even to act as windows. Not only will this keep all your birds in one area but it will also help protect them from predators like raccoons or coyotes.
Our recommendation: Building your coop 1-3 feet above the ground. Pro-Tip: be sure to bury your netting one to three feet deep all the way around your run. This keeps holes from being dug into your coop or chickens escaping.
The start of a chicken coop can be a lot of work but with enough time, work, and care it can turn out to be one of the best things for you, and your family.
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