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Raising Chickens At Home For Eggs
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Raising Chickens at Home for Eggs

It not only farmers who venture into raising chickens at home for eggs - these days it is becoming more and more popular for anyone to do it. So why do it - simple, it's becoming closer with nature and it's great fun. It's not going to be rocket science, it is not hard to do successfully if you follow a few simple steps.

First of all when raising chickens at home for eggs you are going to need some sort of housing to keep the birds away from the elements and from predators. Basically - a chicken coop is needed for raising chickens at home for eggs. This is not just a rural thing to do these days, lots of people are beginning to raise chickens in the city areas. This however is a little different than raising chickens in the countryside.

First of all, in some countries, in some cities it is actually against the law to raise chickens ( I'm not kidding ). There are ways to find out what is what concerning raising chickens - try the local citizens advice bureau. It is advisable to check this out before you purchase the birds and become fond of them. Size of the bird is going to be very important considering a city or urban environment. If you are rural then you can choose any size birds but being urban will restrict you slightly.

Back to the chicken coop. Raising chickens at home for eggs will need a sturdy chicken house or chicken coop. There are a few guidelines you should adhere to here, for one always make sure there is a steady air flow through the coop. Secondly, the flooring should be pine wood chips if possible - these allow for easy cleaning of the inside of the coop. Nest boxes are essential for the chickens to have somewhere to actually feel safe enough to lay the eggs.

One fact that a lot of newbie's forget is that chickens need shade and light. What I'm trying to say is that they need shelter at night and plenty of daylight ( through the day ). Failure to stick to this day & night regime will result in poor eggs and even worse poor health among your flock. You must always consider the threat of all types of predators to - there are plenty out there that like the taste of a healthy young chicken.

Raising chickens at home for eggs is a very organic project and one which I would always recommend to someone. The guidelines are easy enough to follow and if you do so you will see a great deal of success.


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