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Raising Chickens in Your Backyard
Raising chickens is becoming increasingly popular not only in the farm but also in city and suburb back yards. It is seen as a great alternative to drastically decrease food costs and at the same time make some good investments.
Growing a flock does not only mean being a
self-sufficient producer of eggs but you could also provide your family with
great tasting poultry meat. Harvesting
your own eggs and meat gives you the assurance of a fresh and disease-free meal.
Understanding the reason and purpose as
to why you have decided to keep poultry is essential since the set up will be
based on how you plan to raise them.
Providing them with shelter is practically the most
important component to properly raise your chicks. You should construct a home which will secure
them from predators while still keeping enough ventilation available. Lighting is also a vital component since it
will provide enough heat within the coop. Heat is essential for their growth and
development - it also aids to maximize egg production.
You must also possess basic knowledge with regards
to choosing breeds. Basically chickens are categorized into two types the meat
birds and egg layers.
- Meat birds are the type of breeds which are quickly grown and needs to gain weight to be able to harvest their meats.
- The egg layers, as the name implies, are the type of breeds which serve the sole purpose of producing quality eggs.
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Chicken Raising - Choosing a Breed
Knowing what breed of chickens to choose will help
you achieve your goal for raising them. The quality of meat and amount of eggs
produced are dependent on how well you have nurtured them. You can also have
the option of selecting a breed which can serve dual purpose. Most common breed
which can lay eggs and provide meat at the same time includes Columbian Rock
and Light Sussex. These hens are smaller compared to commercial broilers and
typically produce brown eggs.
Preparing nesting boxes which closely
resemble like a real nest will stimulate the hens to lay eggs. They are known
to lay eggs whenever they feel the conditions are suitable. It is expected that
they will produce at least one egg every one to two days. It is advised to frequently gather the eggs to
minimize breakage and ensure freshness. Regular
collection must be practiced to keep the hens laying eggs since there is a
tendency that it might stop and start brooding.
The amount of food given and the quality
of feeds are important in keeping your chickens happy. Feeding them can be easily done since they
almost eat anything from worms and weeds to vegetable peelings from the kitchen. When you have laying hens, providing them with
enough calcium is recommended to improve the quality of egg shells. Different feeds are also available in the
market formulated specifically to suit the changing needs of poultry. You can invest in some good feeds to boost egg
production and also ensure that your flock receives proper nourishment.
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