Do you have a wish to raise your own chickens in your backyard? The enjoyment you acquire from watching their antics to eating the fresh eggs is worth the efforts you put forth in getting ready to raise chickens in your backyard.
I am fairly novices at raising urban chickens and when I began I was less than thrilled. It wasn’t in my plans to raise chickens but divine intervention happened…
My husband works for the Department of Agriculture so is sometimes in a setting with the chance to purchase multiple breeds of animals. In 2005, I attended an auction with him and saw some quail. I am a dedicated backyard birder, watching and feeding any bird that visits my yard. When I saw these birds I decided I wanted to raise some.
It was in early December and I was on one of my frequent trips for my job. I arrived home and I thought my hubby was acting a little strange but being gone a few days what did I know. I was home approximately one hour when all of a sudden I heard a rooster crowing. I could tell by the sound that it was very close and had to be in our yard.
I ran out the back door and find a rooster and three hens. These chickens didn’t resemble quail to me. To create a long story short, I fell in love with these birds. They may be a little bigger than what I was expecting but they’re still birds.
That was the start of my daily learning experiences of raising backyard chickens. If your looking at starting a flock of your personal, I hope you will be better prepared than I was. Listed here are a few necessary items to set off successfully with your backyard chickens.
1. Housing from predators and the elements of weather. It doesn’t have to be fancy but the chickens need a place to roost in the evenings and have protective cover from other animals. There are an assortment of books available with plans for stationary or mobile coops.
2. Food-There are an assortment of feeders accessible for purchase. We designed our own manufactured from pvc pipe to ensure the hens do not scratch the food out on the floor.
3. Water-When I first started tending to my flock I had a round bowl packed with water. The chickens filled it with dirt daily as it sat on the floor. I discovered it is considerably easier to possess a watering station suspended above the land.
4. Storage for feed-I discovered the squirrels and rats love the chicken feed as much as the chickens do. We utilize a metal trash to ensure no intruders have entry to the feed. Ensure to use metal, we tried a plastic can on wheels initially and the squirrels ate through the lid.
5. Nesting boxes-These aren’t necessary but if you prefer an easy way to find your eggs I recommend either making them or buying your preference of style from your local farm supply shop.
In the beginning it might appear like a lot to get prepared for your chickens but once you begin raising your backyard chickens you will reap the benefits that chickens bring to your backyard. Once your flock is determined, daily chicken care is minimal.
Today I have one rooster and five hens. I thoroughly enjoy feeding, watching, and tend.