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    Introduction to Keeping Chickens

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Keeping chickens at home is not only great fun for all the family but it also provides you with a steady supply of eggs and even meat. Learning how to keep chickens is not particularly hard, it just takes some common sense and a bit of time and effort. Read on for a brief introduction of how to keep chickens. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    Keeping Chickens at Home

    • The first thing you will need to do is to build a chicken house or a chicken coop. The chicken house is essential when keeping chickens as it gives them protection from the weather and predators as well as providing a safe and secure place for them to roost and lay eggs. Keeping chickens at home depends somewhat on how much space you have.
    • When keeping chickens at home, you will need to provide nesting boxes and perches. One nesting box per four chickens is a good rule and perches used when keeping chickens should allow a chicken roughly 10” of space and be mounted at least 18” from the ground.
    • When learning how to keep chickens, you need to know that chickens need between 14-16 hours of daylight per day, especially to produce a regular supply of eggs. When keeping chickens at home in the winter, provide them with a 100W bulb for every 400ft² of floor space and give them a regular supply of chicken feed.
    • When keeping chickens at home, they will need a grit supplement with their chicken feed. Putting ground oyster shells in their coop with them is a good way of ensuring that you are keeping chickens that will produce good eggs.
    • When keeping chickens at home, you should gather up the freshly laid eggs everyday and cool them in a cool place such as a cupboard with the smaller end of the egg pointing downwards. If you keep chickens and you discover any cracked eggs, discard them.
    • Keep an eye on your flock when keeping chickens at home for signs of disease, lice or mites. Call the vet about anything you find suspect when keeping chickens and remove the individual if necessary.
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