How to Raise Chicken Hens In Your Backyard

Raising Hens in your Backyard

It Can Be Fun and Easy to Raise Backyard Chickens -- and It's Healthy for You, Too

Raising hens is such a great project to do with children. You will teach them how to care for something and how to be self sufficient so they don't have to rely on others for their food,  If you really want to give them a surprise, though, try purchasing your own little chicken house or coop and let them raise a few of their own hens, for fun and education for the entire family. It's a lot easier than you think, too. has a small Victorian chicken coop that's perfect for smaller spaces, and you can buy fertilized eggs to hatch for yourself, so that you can see chicks come out of their shell -- literally -- for fun and fascination for your little ones.

And in fact, chickens themselves are very low maintenance and give you several benefits besides. They have lots of personality and are fun to watch, and just about anybody can raise chickens. It doesn't matter whether you live in the country or city. Chicken houses (especially the small Victorian chicken coop) can fit in just about any space, and will give you a natural and continuous food source, because they'll lay eggs for you, too. Imagine that; eggs from your own chickens. You'll find they taste much better than store bought, and they're very nutritious, too.

The chickens give you more than nutritious eggs. They also produce valuable fertilizer from their droppings that's incredibly rich in nutrients for the soil. If your chickens produce enough, actually, you can sell it, but if you just have a small chicken coop, you can use it in small gardens to give yourselves wonderful crops and flowers.

People who own chicken coops can also vouch for the natural pest and weed control chickens can give you. Chickens will eat the bugs, so you don't have to spray chemicals on your plants anymore.

In case you're wondering, chicken coops are not the ugly wire contraptions they used to be. Today's chicken coops can match your house, in fact, or you can choose something based upon your personality. You can choose a custom color, and/or a logo or emblem that reflects your and your family's interest. You can also customize the exteriors and roof styles.

Take a look at to see the number of styles and colors available for chicken houses and coops. Once you get it and it's there and set up, it's time to get started with your chickens. You can buy chicks at feed stores, or from local farmers early in the spring. Take some advice from the professionals, too, because they'll be happy to help you get started with your chicken house and your new flock.

You might be surprised to find just how fun and interesting your chickens' personalities will be. They'll start out as chicks, of course, with a definite pecking order, but as they interact with you in each other, you'll get immense pleasure from watching them. As they grow from fluffy little chicks to chickens, they'll start to be attached and to develop quirks that will amuse you for hours on end. It'll be surprisingly easy to think of names, too, since chickens will become pets, likely, far more than they will farm animals.

With your own unique chicken house to take care of, you and your family can embark on an entertaining and fun new adventure together. Owning chickens is very beneficial and it's fun, too. Chickens are low maintenance and offer you many benefits, so why not raise chickens? Take a look and shop around for some chicken houses and chicken coops at common you'll be surprised at the variety you find.

Mega Chicken Coop holds 12-15 hens

Portable Chicken Coop 12-15 Hens
Portable Chicken Coop 12-15 Hens
Handle to move the coop
Handle to move the coop

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moonlake 6 years ago from America

Nice Coop. Would love some chickens. Have a big old barn but my hubby doesn't want to take care of them in the winter.

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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

I have a smallish yard in a suburb and would love to raise a few chickens for eggs and for fertilizer. Sometimes I visit a chicken farmer to pick up chicken manure for my compost pile and it really adds to it. Great series. Voted up!

CASReaves 5 years ago

Chickens aren't hard to keep in winter. Just make sure that they are out of the wind and reasonably warm. If you have a big old barn, then you can construct a small shelter in a corner on the south west side and provide nesting material such as straw. If it gets bitter cold where you are, and your barn has electricity, you can hang a heat lamp in the shelter to keep them warm enough.

To address feeding and watering issues: there is a hug variety of self-waterers and self-feeders - all you need to do is fill them when they get low (if you don't have a huge flock, this is every few days) and make sure the water is kept from freezing.

It's only hard to keep chickens in winter if laziness is a factor.

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