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Chicken Care Tips

Our chicken care tips will hopefully you decide if you can have chickens as pet and how to best care for them.

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Chickens make great pets.  We are not going to suggest that you should put them on a lead but in the right environment, you can have fun discovering their individual personalities and appreciate how they earn their keep.

There is nothing better than to make an omelette from fresh eggs from your garden.  You can really taste the difference.   You are reducing your own carbon foot print by not buying eggs from the supermarket.

Your lawn can be improved if you allow the chickens to run free.  They love to eat worms and taking care of pest control requirements for you.  How much more organic can it get?

You can feed chickens most foods which reduces the amount of grain you need to buy.  Providing a varied diet is very important and give them food to graze.

The best material for their nest is natural hay.  Once used, this can be used as compost.  As  it rich in Nitrogen, it is best used in clay soil gardens.

Factory farming is very cruel on hens.  Why not rescue chickens from a so called “Free Range” Chicken Farm?

Chickens are low maintenance. They do not eat much but can “recycle” your leftover vegetables and “help” you maintain your lawn clean.

If you have small children, it is great to introduce them to caring for the environment.  Best to supervise at all times as chickens do not like to chased.

There are set up costs and you need to seek Veterinary advice if chickens show any sign of illness or distress.

If you cannot afford the costs, do not have the time or do not like to get your hands dirty then chickens are not for you.

What do happy chickens need?

  • Lots of roaming space to forage
  • A decent chicken coop for protection and shelter (20 sq feet per chicken)
  • Bedding nest per chicken with regular supply of hay
  • Feeder and a water container
  • Roost pole to rest
  • Varied diet, regular food and constant supply of fresh water
  • Dust baths of mixed soil, sand, cold fire ashes and road dust to shake off parasites
  • Grit and fresh vegetables to graze
  • Care and attention
  • Protection from predators
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The chicken coop must be cleaned at least once per week, ideally once per day to remove faeces and replenish bedding with fresh hay.  It will reduce the risk of infection to both chickens and contamination to eggs.Wash the coop at least twice a year with pet friendly disinfectant, soapy water and rinse with plenty of fresh water.

 

What to feed Chickens?
OK to feed Feed
but in moderation
Avoid
Meal worms Apples Meat, fish or animal bones
Heart Lettuce Iceberg lettuce Citrus fruits or peels
Green cabbage Pomegranate seeds Garlic or onions
Sweetcorn Plain Yogurt Salty foods
Bird seeds Berries Chocolate
Broccoli or Cauliflower Bread Sugar rich foods
Carrots Spinach Raw potatoes or potato peels
Grains Breakfast cereal Dried or undercooked beans
Seedless Grapes Pears
Raw peanuts
Cucumber Cooked leftover vegetables Cat/dog food
Melon and seeds Cooked rice or pasta Avocado
Pumpkin Unsalted Popcorn
Raw eggs (so they
do not get the taste for eggs)
Butternut Squash Cooked turnips Processed junk food
Tomatoes Cooked oatmeal Pineapple
Feed your chickens twice daily and ensure they have protected shelter at night.  In winter, you may need to provide heating to the chicken coop.

For more chicken care tips always consult your Vet and your chicken breeder.



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