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Raising chickens for eggs is relatively easy and you should find the perfect chicken for your particular needs.
Also, learning how to care for your chickens will ensure nutritious chicken eggs.
Backyard chickens are becoming a healthy trend that seems to be spreading across the United States as more and more people want to be involved with their food supply.
Having your very own supply of chicken eggs is a great reward for raising chickens and chicken houses are pretty easy to make.
They can range from small to large - depending on the amount of chickens you plan on raising.
Benefits of Raising Chickens
- Supply of Fresh and Nutritious Eggs
- Make Extra Money Selling Eggs
- They are Relatively Inexpensive to Maintain
- Chickens are Easy to Raise
- Chicken Manure is a Natural and Free Fertilizer
- Chickens Eat Pests in Your Backyard
- Free Grass and Weed Maintenance
- Raising Chickens is a Great Way to Get Rid of Leftovers
- And Chickens can Make Great Pets
How to Raise Chickens
Get basic information on raising chicks to get you started on raising the best type of chicken for your farm or family homestead.
Also, get basic information on chickens and the 3 different chicken breeds.
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Types of Chickens
Learn about some of the best breeds of egg laying chickens and what may be the best chicken for your backyard.
You see every breed has a certain personality and traits that may be better suited for your family and your climate.
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First, you need to determine if your local rules and regulations allow for the raising of backyard chickens on your property.
There are many designs to choose from and you will have to decide which
is best for your particular living environment.
Chicken houses can come in many sizes and shapes. They also can be built from various materials or made from what you have lying around your property.
Backyard Chickens 101
Basically, a chicken house should be big enough for the amount of
chickens you are housing as well as provide nesting boxes, water, extra
feed, and a roosting bar for chickens to sleep on at night.
Building a Chicken Coop
There must be ample ventilation or insulation as well as enough light which is very important to the continuous laying of eggs.
And it must also be secure enough to keep out predators that might try to invade when you're not looking.
Chicken Egg Information
Although chickens can live for a pretty long time, they produce the most chicken eggs during the first few years of their life.
All chickens or hens lay eggs, but some breeds are better egg layers than others.
And certain chicken breeds lay white eggs, others lay brown, cream, pink, and still others lay green or blue colored eggs.
Once you experience fresh farm eggs that have come from chickens that are allowed to roam freely in pasture, you'll never want to buy those "commercial" eggs again!
Types of Eggs
Find out what the best types of eggs really are and find out what chickens lay pink, chocolate, green, and blue colored eggs.
Also, get some information on storing your fresh chicken eggs.
What makes a big difference in the quality of chicken eggs is the type of food your chickens eat and the amount of sunshine they will receive.
And depending on whether you have a rooster hanging around your
hens, you'll have fertilized eggs that you can consume or hatch into
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What do Chickens Eat?
In general, chickens can find their own food - as long as they are given enough access to the outdoors to forage for food like greens and bugs.
Chickens are omnivores like pigs and humans. And they can eat just about anything. However, that doesn't mean that you should feed them -
When chickens are fed a nutritious diet, their egg yolks will be a dark orange color and will be full of nutrition.
Learn about what chickens can and will eat along with tips on what you should feed your chickens to get really tasty and healthy eggs.
Some people choose to feed their chickens leftovers along with chicken feed and chicken scratch to help supplement their foraging.
And by the way, chickens are not vegetarians!! I cannot stress this enough. In fact, my chickens loved eating animal foods just as much as I do!
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