Chicken Keeping Secrets 101

Published: 11th June 2010
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So, you're interested in raising chickens? You've embarked on a fun an exciting journey! Below are the basics of raising chickens. Why Raise Chickens? Here are a few of the most commonly expressed reasons people raise chickens: * Easy and inexpensive to maintain (when compared to most other pets) * Eggs that are fresh, great-tasting & nutritious * Chemical-free bug and weed control * produce the worlds best fertilizer * Fun & friendly pets with personality Determine if you can lawfully own / raise backyard chickens: * Search resident chicken laws & ordinances Where To find Chicks: * Local Feed Stores often have in stock a variety of day old chicks around Spring * Hatch chicks from eggs - Home Made Chicken Incubator * Search online How To Care For A Chick - First 60 Days: * Young Chick Brooder - Can be as straightforward as a well-built cardboard box or a little animal cage like one you'd use for rabbits. * Flooring - Pine shavings perform best * Temperature - 90 to 100 deg. For the first week, decrease 5 deg. Per week. A 100 watt bulb pointing in one corner (not the whole brooder) works great. * Food & water - chick crumbles / starter & a chick waterer * Play time - Play with your chicks when little to get the use to being around people. * Outside time - Section off an area in your yard where the chicks can explore, scratch, etc. Make sure you can catch them when it's time to come in. * More details: Raising Chicks Chicken Care After First 60 Days, General Chicken Care: * Chicken Coops - Once feathered out you'll want to move your chickens into a chicken coop! Rule of thumb is about 2-3 square feet per chicken inside the henhouse and 4-5 sq/ft per chicken in an outside run. Keep local predators in mind and make a safe, secure home for your flock. * Flooring - Pine shavings work best. Straw is also a good alternative You can even try the deep litter method for even a reduced amount of maintenance. * Food & water - Most people go with chicken layer feed / pellets. You can even make a homemade chicken feeder / waterer * Treats - Vegetables, bread, bugs, chicken scratch (cracked corn, milo, wheat) If you want to have a complete guide to raising chickens read on: Download The Definitive Guide To Keeping Chickens At Home... "HERE'S HOW TO KEEP HAPPY, HEALTHY EGG LAYING CHICKENS IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD 97 PAGE INSTANT DOWNLOAD... Dear Fellow Chicken Enthusiast, If you're thinking about keeping chickens in your own backyard either as... * Family friendly, highly entertaining, stress reducing pets... * To use as your own exclusive source of low cost, completely organic eggs... and the freshest, tastiest, healthiest eggs you'll ever ...Or a combination of all of these things, then listen up because this might be the most important letter you read all year... DID YOU KNOW? - The average egg you buy from your neighborhood supermarket or convenience store, whether it be from a barn raised or free range chicken, is generally more than 45 days old before it ends up on your table? Try eating an egg that's less than 24 hours old and you'll soon taste the difference... Keeping Chickens Over 97 Pages Of Practical Chicken Keeping Information. NOW INCLUDES - An additional 1,243 pages of exclusive chicken keeping information & advice as a FREE bonus... Yes, keeping backyard chickens has once again become extremely popular. With rising food prices, uncertainty about the chemicals & additives going into our food, and the way that 95% of chickens are inhumanly treated with intensive "cram 'em in cages" farming... it's no wonder. The predicament is that most folks have sound intentions, they also have a tendency to rush in, thinking that keeping chickens in their own backyards is like, well, chicken feed. Unfortunately keeping content, healthy chickens in your own backyard is not as trouble-free as keeping the shrink wrapped variety that might often be accustomed to visiting your freezer ;-0 BUT... the good news is that IT CAN BE that simple and that's what you're about to discover right now... Introducing - "Chicken Keeping Secrets" Downloadable Guide to Keeping Happy, Healthy, Egg Laying Chickens In Your Own Backyard... In this down-to-earth, easy to read, step by step guide to keeping chickens you'll discover... ~ The 10 most commonly kept breeds of chicken including; their suitability for egg laying and/or meat production, their basic necessities and adaptability to your specific climate, and perhaps most importantly if you have children - their different temperaments and personalities. ~ A short history of chicken keeping and how to determine whether keeping chickens in your own backyard is really the proper option for you. ~ A complete list on what chickens need to really succeed, the costs involved (they're much lower than you might think), and how much time you're really going to need to dedicate to the new additions to your family. Chicken Coops & Housing... ~ A detailed dialogue on chicken coops including size and space required, accessibility issues, ventilation and insulation, and the placement of your coop. You'll find out how much space you really need and the answer might just surprise you. Download The Definitive Guide To Keeping Chickens At Home... Chicken coop? Should you build your own from scratch or knock up a kit set coop? Does a chicken really care if it lives in an old dog kennel? We look at all these answers and more to help you make an informed decision that will keep your chickens, your wallet... and your "significant other" happy. ~ Choosing the correct bedding material to use on the floor of your chicken coop is tremendously important. Get it wrong and the health of you chickens may suffer. Get it right and you'll reduce smelly odors, maximize hygiene, and minimize cleaning time and requirements. We discuss various bedding material options here and look specifically at those that you can then use as high yielding organic compost for your garden. ~ Are you ready to let your chickens out every day to forage around your yard so they can scratch for bugs, and insects becoming a natural form of pest control? Or should you keep them secure in their own chicken run? Download The Definitive Guide To Keeping Chickens At Home... ~ Your new hens are going to need a place to nest inside their home so they can reward you with fresh eggs daily. We look at various types of nesting boxes, their size requirements, positioning, and the ideal number to have to take full advantage of egg production without taking up excessive space in the coop, or increasing your expenses. ~ Did you know that chickens don't in fact sleep inside their nest boxes? At night they in reality roost on perches so you'll need to ensure their new home has a appropriate roosting place. We discuss various perching options, including thickness requirements, positioning to reduce fighting for the "prime roost", the correct height that they should be placed, general spacing requirements, and general materials. ~ Having the right equipment for your new flock is a must to ensure harmony among "the pecking order". You'll find out about proper food and water dispensers, how many you should have depending on how many birds you keep, where they should be placed, and whether you should go for the cheaper plastic varieties or the robust but more expensive options. ~ Natural and artificial lighting inside your chicken's home is perhaps one of the most crucial factors that needs to be considered for the health of your birds. Not an adequate amount of light and egg production will be reduced. Too much light and you'll wear your hen's health down. Here we look at the various lighting options that are offered and the ideal lighting balance required to keep things in balance. Feeding & Nutrition - What You Feed Your Chickens Ultimately Ends Up Inside YOU... ~ We take a detailed look at the chicken's digestive system, how it functions, and what's natural so you can keep a close eye on things to make sure everything's normal. ~ How much should you feed your chickens? When should you feed them? Should you use a commercially bought feed or a home made feed? Here you'll get a detailed education on the proper nutritional requirements for maintaining a healthy chicken based on differing needs during its lifetime. ~ If you would like to make your own chicken feed we provide you with 3 easy homemade chicken feed recipes. Now you'll know exactly what you're putting into your chickens and ultimately what's going to end up inside you when you eat their eggs. ~ If you're going to supplement your chickens feed with your own household scraps you'll learn what you can and can't feed your chickens. Some household scraps can become real treats for your flock; others can be harmful and even fatal to their health and should never be given to them. ~ We take a detailed look at chicken pellets, chicken mash, cereal feeds, greens, calcium and other vitamin and mineral supplements, chicken grit, "scratch" and much more. Chicken Health - A Healthy Chicken is a Happy Chicken... ~ Knowing how your chickens ought to and should not behave in their regular daily routines is fundamental to ensuring everything is ok. You'll learn about your chickens common behavioral habits such as broodiness, preening, roosting, and more. ~ You'll learn about the "pecking order" and what to do when you see one of your hens being picked on by other birds in your flock. The "pecking order" is completely natural in chickens but often it can get out of control. You'll find out exactly what to do if one of your hens becomes too aggressive and the bird on the receiving end becomes injured. ~ You'll also learn about less common behavioral habits such as feather pecking, egg eating, cannibalism and more. Nip these last ones in the bud before they get out of control so one of your hens doesn't end up getting really hurt, or even worse, potentially killed. ~ We take a look at 3 of the most familiar minor aliments that can impact on the health of your chickens, and then a 25 serious aliments that might impact them at some point in the future. Each includes a full explanation of the aliment and appropriate suggestions on treatment and the course of action you'll need to take to keep your chickens in terrific condition. ~ We take a look at 8 of the more common types of parasite that can take a fancy to our feathered friends, how to minimize their occurrence in the first place and what to do if they've already arrived and are irritating your feathered friends. ~ Thorough cleaning and hygiene will dramatically reduce any associated health problems and is therefore critically crucial to the overall health of your flock. We look at how to correctly clean out your chicken coop, and what types of cleaning material you should use to ensure the safety of your birds - whilst at the same time maintaining the cleanest and most hygienic housing possible. Raising Chickens 101 As you can see we've left no stone unturned when it comes to successful chicken keeping. 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