How To Care For Your Chickens

Chicken Nesting Boxes

4 hole chicken nesting box
4 hole chicken nesting box

Raising Chickens

To properly care for your chicken is important in their raising. Here is an easy and simple guide in the proper care of any individual chicken or flock.

1 – Always provide shelter. Just like a human, chickens need a play to retire for the night or just to steer clear of a storm. When left to fend for themselves, many chickens will not survive without our help. Make sure to provide a stable and safe shelter for chickens to thrive.

2 – Provide proper bedding and nests for chickens, especially chickens laying eggs. Hens need a proper area to lay eggs, unless you are raising free range chickens. If so, make sure to provide a safe and fenced in area for free ranged chickens to keep out predators. The number two and possibly most important step for caring for your flock is ensuring their safety and protects them from predators.

3 – Keep an eye on all of your flock. Monitor for any unusual activity or actions. Chickens are unable to tell their humans if they are ill, but will show it in their actions. If a chicken is not bright and happy as usual, then there could be an underlying problem.

4 – Remove sick birds before the rest of your flock gets infected. If a chicken suddenly becomes ill, immediately separate it from the rest of the flock and take it to a veterinarian to find out the next course of action, and also to find out if what your chicken has come ill with is contagious to the rest of the flock.

5 – Check all of your flock for lice, ticks, or other pests. Many owners do not realize how many pests your flock could be carrying. These pests can cause your flock to get ill, but also family members if not properly taken care of.

6 – Always provide fresh water and ample food. Water is often neglected and can easily turn into a breeding ground for disease and sickness if not changed regularly. In addition, research your feed before giving it to your flock. Many cheap alternatives to chicken feed contain harsh pesticides and chemicals that owners are not always aware of.

7 – Make sure to do your research. Be familiar with any foods that your flock should not ingest, especially if you tend to your own garden. Be familiar with these foods so you can ensure that your flock does not accidentally get a hold of an item, such as bones, that could potentially harm or kill a member of your flock.

8 – Last but certainly not any less important; always provide plenty of love and attention to your flock. Studies have shown that animals flourish when given proper attention and activity from their human masters. Your flock will be sure to thrive if shown love and happiness from you as their owner. Happy chickens make for a happy flock, and the tending will be easier if your flock is relaxed, happy, and healthy.

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