How to Raise Healthy Chickens
The thought has been dancing around in youre head long enough and now it is the time to start a small farm or at least be greener in the food supply chain. In learning how to raise chickens, the first step is to obtain a few dozen-baby chicks. This can be easily completed by heading on over to the local feed store or utilizing the online merchants that cater exclusively in little yellow fuzzy baby chicks!
Modern Chicken Coops
In order to raise a barnyard full or maybe just a backyard full of healthy chickens that will offer so much joy and self-sustaining food sources, one will need to build a chicken coop. This mature housing for the adult chickens need not be the chicken coop of old. Nowadays, there are chicken coops that are designed to match the residence or whatever else fits the bill! The point is that the healthy chicken raising farmer to be has so many alternatives to just post and chicken wire.
Before the mature chickens can be egg-laying and poultry producing food sources in-house these animals must be reared and raised healthy. Once you receive the baby chicks, place them in a cardboard box and line that coop with shavings of some sorts. Pine shavings, cedar clippings, or whatever is readily available and non-irritating to the fragile baby chicks will do just fine.
Freshwater and Perpetual Chicken Feed Sources
After the initial chick set up is complete, it is time to supply the young ones with a freshwater supply system and constant chick feed. One again, the local feed store will be the best location to secure these items. The chicks will need a perpetual source of heat and a 100 watt light bulb will do the trick. As the days turn into weeks, move the light source back a few feet each week and this will acclimate the rapidly growing chicks to the ambient temperatures of the backyard.
When the chicks reach adulthood, the rewards are simply amazing! The amount of fresh eggs and poultry that is available is contingent on how well you have learned and practiced the science and art of raising healthy chickens!