While raising chickens is a commitment, you’ll get fresh eggs, birds that help you control insects in your yard, and more. We’ve put together this “from scratch” (see what we did there?) guide to help you raise happy chickens!
Before you get started, you’ll need:
Chickens are relatively easy to raise. You’ll need to provide fresh water and food every day, and chickens have different dietary needs. Depending on what chickens you want to raise, you may need to learn what food baby chicks can and cannot eat, what chickens can and cannot eat, how to feed chickens, or how much to feed a broiler chicken.
You’ll need to learn how much to feed chickens daily and how to store chicken feed so it doesn’t spoil.
In addition to food and water, you’ll need to clean the coop or henhouse, shovel manure each day, gather eggs once or twice a day, check on the chickens, keep your chickens safe from predators, and generally work to keep your birds happy and healthy. If you ever go on vacation, you’ll need to find someone to care for your chickens.
It’s best to get three to six chickens to start. These produce enough eggs for a family, with each hen producing two eggs every three days or so. It’s important to have more than one since chickens are social.
Create a routine for all the chicken tasks you need to take care of, including feeding and checking the water, shoveling manure, and gathering eggs every day. It also includes allowing the birds to roam in their chicken run.
At Nature’s Best Organic Feeds, we’re passionate about providing the highest-quality animal feed. We’re also enthusiastic about helping households get started with raising chickens, which is why we’ve put together tons of resources to help you on your journey:
How To Raise Chickens in the Winter
How to Keep The Coop Warm in the Winter
How to Build A Chicken Brooder
Food Baby Chicks Can and Cannot Eat
What Chickens Can and Cannot Eat
How Much to Feed a Broiler Chicken
How Much To Feed Chickens Daily
With these resources, you’ll have a thriving flock in no time! And with Nature’s Best Organic Feeds, we have you covered for nutrition, too.