Raising chickens for eggs is relatively easy and you should pick the perfect chicken for your individual needs.
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 own food supply.
Even though the biggest reward for raising chickens is a constant supply of chicken eggs, chickens will also make great workers for farms or yards.
Benefits of Raising Chickens
- Supply of Fresh and Nutritious Eggs or Meat
- 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 chickens and how to raise chicks to get you started on having the best type of chickens for your farm, backyard, or family homestead.
You'll find information on the 3 types of chicken categories you can choose from to get the most benefits from your chickens.
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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 property.
You see every breed has a certain personality and traits that may be better suited for your family or for your climate.
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First, you need to determine if your local rules and regulations will allow raising chickens on your property.
Then you will need to decide on the type of chicken house that will work best for you.
There are many designs to choose from and you will have to decide which
one is best for your particular living environment.
Chicken houses can come in many sizes and shapes. They can be built from various materials and can be made from what you have lying around your property.
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.
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.
Certain chicken breeds will lay white eggs, some will lay brown, and others will lay cream, pink, green or blue colored eggs.
Warning! Once you've experienced fresh farm eggs that come from chickens that are allowed to roam freely on pasture, you'll never want to buy those "commercial" chicken eggs again!
Types of Eggs
What makes a big difference in the quality of a chicken egg is the type
of foods your chickens eat and the amount of sunshine they will receive.
Find out why you only want to eat pastured raised eggs!
And depending on whether you have a rooster hanging around your
hens, you'll have fertilized eggs that you can consume or hatch into
Find out what chickens will lay pink, chocolate, green, and blue colored
And get some information on what may be the best way to store your fresh chicken eggs.
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What do Chickens Eat?
In general, chickens can find their own food. That's as long as they are given enough access to the outdoors to forage for food like greens and bugs.
In reality, most chickens will need to be given supplemental feed of some sort like food scraps or grains.
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. Also, get some tips on what you should feed your chickens to get really tasty and healthy eggs.
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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