Guide To Raising Chickens- When Chicks Arrive
The first thing you need when chicks arrive is a safe place for them to grow, such as a brooder box. You must install a brooder lamp to keep your newborn chicks warm. If they are huddling under the lamp, it means they are too cold. If they are forming a ring around the light, then they are too warm.
Assist to the chicks’ needs. You must teach them how to drink water by dipping their beaks into the water, provide plenty of water at a constant pace for the chicks. Clean the area thoroughly where chicks are living. Remember, if food gets wet, it grows mold and won’t be suitable for chicks to consume. Make sure to wash out the waterer before refilling it- this is very important because many parasites and diseases can spread quickly through contaminated water.
After 8 weeks, the chicks should be grown enough to move out to the great outdoors.
With these simple steps, they will thrive in the flock and be healthy producers for your farm.
Preparing To Raise Chickens
The very first thing in raising chickens is buying or building a wooden chicken coop. The coop must have a feeder and water containers, as well as a nest box for every three chickens. The Chicken coop must be large enough for you to be able to gather the eggs and comfortably shovel manure.
Chickens need water and food daily. Chicken food is usually around $20 for a 50-pound bag. How long the food lasts depends on how many chickens you own.
Hens will lay eggs through spring and summer and into the fall, as they have 12 to 14 hours of daylight. You should expect to collect eggs daily and sometimes even twice a day, all depending on how many hens you have.