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Chicken Eggs In The Backyard!

Making eggs in the backyard may be peaceful, gratifying, and entertaining, but it can also be stressful for novices. There is a lot of information about raising chicks and hens for eggs, and it may be challenging to go through it all to figure out what is suitable, what isn't, and what is plain crazy. We have included everything you should need to know about making eggs in the backyard - from chick to chicken – in this comprehensive raising chickens guide to assist you along the way.

Choosing a Breed

To be honest, no one knows, but there are estimated to be hundreds of them. Some birds are specifically bred to increase egg production, high-quality meat, combat effectiveness, and feathers. Although there are many types of chickens, they all fall into one of the following four categories:

Traditional breeds

The Livestock Conservation Association defines traditional chickens as natural breeders that grow slowly and can grow too long outdoors and are productive.

Brood Egg Varieties

These chickens are chosen to lay a high quantity of eggs in a short time.

Dual Purpose Breed

In terms of practicality, these chickens have the best of both worlds. They lay eggs well and become large enough to be useful as meat birds later in life.

Meat Breeds

As the name implies, these chicken breeds are bred to produce meat. They mature at a breakneck pace. They acquire weight quickly and are ready to eat at around 9 weeks.

Getting Your Chickens

Time to take a chance! You want eggs and know which breed to get, but you're not sure where to begin. When you first get the chicken, you have a few different options. Hatching eggs, chicks, chicks, and adult birds are available for purchase. Economically, the cheapest option is chicks.

How Many Chickens Should You Raise?

You can usually average how many chickens you need. You only need to consider how many eggs you want in a week since you will feed them eggs. A hen lays an average of four to five eggs per week.

Preparing the Chicken Coop

Speaking of houses, chickens are not very picky. They don't require power, running water, or carpeting. You can make a modified basic wooden box in a jiffy, but you'll need a few basic items to assure your herd's safety and well-being.

Requirements for Basic Shelter

This is the most fundamental requirement: a place to escape the scorching heat, howling wind, or blowing snow. Nothing is more annoying than a wet chicken; therefore, the coop must be watertight.

An Appropriate Amount of Space

It is critical that birds have enough room to coexist happily. They are more prone to engage in anti-social behaviors such as plucking and pecking each other if they are packed together. During the winter, the worst time for these actions is when hens probably get bored and then get into a nuisance.

Temperature Regulation

The chicken coop would be cool in the summer, and warm in the winter is an ideal circumstance. When it comes to temperature management, your coop's ventilation is critical. The temperature of the coop will be kept at a reasonable level for your hens if there is a sufficient flow of air. If you believe it is too hot, add extra ventilation holes.

The Roost

Roosts are simple places where birds assemble at night to sleep. They will usually sleep on the same perch (roost); however, some prefer to be alone if they are entirely safe.

What Do They Eat?

Chicken feed

The chicken feed comes in a bewildering number of options, so here's the lowdown. Chick feed is available in two forms: medicated and unmedicated. The treated diet contains a coccidiostat, which protects them against the dreadful illness of coccidiosis. If your chicks have been protected against coccidia at the source, don't use medicated feed. Chicks are dirty, scraping their food all over the place, pooping in it, and even getting their bedding in it, so you'll need a feeder to help you prevent some of the mess. They'll need a tiny dish of chick grit once they start eating greens like short grass or dandelions to aid digestion and ensure they don't develop an affected crop.

Water

Water is essential for all creatures, including chicks, to survive. The temperature of the water should be just right, neither too hot nor too cold. To assist them in discovering the water dish, you'll need to dip each chick's beak into the water at first; after that, they should all be able to find it. Make the same adjustments to the food dish.

Fill the water dish with clean stones or marbles if your chicks are just a few days old to prevent them from falling in and drowning. You may take them out after a week or two since the chicks will be large enough not to drown. To assist them in getting started, you can add an electrolyte/vitamin supplement to the water for the first several days.

The Verdict!

Though making eggs in the backyard can be a nuisance, your efforts are worth the outcomes. We advise you to consider the above-mentioned information and guideline before jumping right into the task.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Dakota Newman

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