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    A Guide to Keeping Chickens

    ArticlePoultry AdviceThursday 09 December 2010
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    Thinking of keeping chickens but are not sure what you need to buy to keep chickens successfully? Chicken keeping can be challenging sometimes so this article will give you some advice on some things you need to consider before buying chickens for sale.

     

    Keeping Chickens – The Chicken Coop

     

    Firstly you will need to decide what sort of chicken coop or hen house you want to buy. Chickens need a house so they can roost, lay eggs and shelter. The house that you choose to buy will need to be big enough for the amount of chickens you intend to keep. The hen house will also have to be well ventilated and be easy to clean. One thing you should know about chicken keeping is that chickens like to lay eggs in the dark so you will need to include a nest box in the hen house. There are three typical types of hen house that you could choose to buy and the advantages and disadvantages of all three are listed below.

     

    A-Frame Chicken Coop This coop is very simple to assemble and give you an all in one chicken coop and run. The main disadvantage of these chicken coops is that the triangular shape limits the interior space.  

     

    Standard Coop and Run – You will need a couple of people to move one of these large coops and runs. These chicken runs will kill grass after a few weeks so you will need to rotate where you put it. The advantages of these coops is that they are big, easy to build and are pretty cheap.

     

    Eglu Chicken Coop – These chicken coops are modern and stylish. They are expensive though and will only hold two chickens. You will find that you get addicted to chicken keeping and will end up wanting more than two so think about this before you buy an Eglu.

     

    Bedding

     

    For bedding you have a few choices, you can choose between straw, sawdust or wood chippings. Whatever bedding you choose you will need to clean it regularly. You should clean out the chicken coop fully every week and make sure that it doesn’t get too dirty during the week by cleaning a little bit at a time. If you decide to use sawdust you will need to ensure that you buy dust extracted sawdust; you can buy this from a pet shop.

     

    Feeder and Drinker

     

    You will need to decide on what type of feeder and drinker you will need to use for keeping chickens. Galvanised drinkers are better quality than plastic ones but they are more expensive. The plastic drinkers do the job and are really cheap. It is the same story with the feeders, the galvanised feeders are better quality but the plastic ones are cheaper. Some designs are much better than others, hanging designs are often really good because it stops the chickens from knocking the food all over the floor.

     

     

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