How to Raise Chickens

How to raise chickens usually starts by learning all about chickens especially when your going to be raising chicks.

Learn all about chickens to get the basics so that you will be successful when trying to raise these life giving birds. 

The different breeds of chickens can be grouped into a few different categories.  Understanding these categories will help you to make up your mind on what type of chicken is best for your needs.

Raising chicks can be a fun adventure and you can even have mail order chicks arrive at your doorstep. Learn all about chickens to get you off to a good start on this exciting adventure.

All About Chickens

  • Young chickens are called chicks
  • Adult females are called hens
  • Adult males are called roosters
  • Roosters are larger than hens
  • Roosters are more brightly colored than hens
  • Hens typically lay eggs at about 6 months of age
  • Hens do not need a rooster to lay eggs
  • Hens lay less eggs in cold weather
  • Bantams are miniature chickens
  • Roosters are the ones that make a very loud noise (typically early in the morning)

Deadly Mistakes to Avoid when Raising Chickens

The Different Breeds of Chickens

Egg Layer Breeds - egg laying breeds are known for their high egg productivity, but not for their meat. These birds do not make good birds for eating because they usually lack the size. The Leghorn is a great example of this type of breed.

Meat Breeds - meat breeds are actually a combination of the many different breeds of chickens. This type of chicken is bred for certain characteristics such as a heavier body and more breast meat. The Cornish Rock is a good example of a meat breed.

Dual Purpose Breeds - dual purpose breeds are chickens that are good egg layers as well as good meat birds. Dual purpose chickens are usually healthier and more self sufficient birds. Plymouth or Barred Rock and Rhode Island Reds are a great dual purpose bird.

Information on Raising Chicks

Raising chicks does require a little knowledge in order to be successful.

Day old chicks generally need their environment to be 90 to 95 degrees F. You can reduce the heat by 5 degrees every week until the temperature reaches 70 degrees F and your chicks reach 6 weeks of age.

You must also protect your chicks from any predators and they will need some sort of bedding - preferably from something like pine shavings to stay comfortable.

You also need to feed a high quality chick starter feed for the first 6 weeks and provide an ample source of water for your chicks to grow properly.

Check your chicks on a regular basis to make sure that they are comfortable and not too hot or too cold.

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