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Chicken Poultry Raising for Dummies

Published on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 in Birds

Have you ever thought of becoming a self-sustaining individual? Have you ever thought of raising chickens in your own backyard? Well, you don’t really need to have a degree in agriculture in order to grow chickens but with the right research and planning, you will be able to enjoy keeping chickens in your own space.

The first thing that you will need to understand about chicken poultry raising for dummies is the chicken coop. The size of the chicken coop that you will need depends solely on how many chickens you want to raise. Of course, you will need to take into account adding an extra space in the coop for your chickens to walk around. Here are a few things your chicken coop should have:

  • Basic protection like roof, flooring and walls
  • Roost or nest boxes
  • Feeders
  • Waterers
  • Ramps (depends on the type of chicken coop you will build)

You can use different materials when making your chicken coop like plywood, wood and particle board. Again, this will depend mostly on the design of the coop that you will be building.

Chicken poultry raising for dummies also involves learning how to raise chickens. This means you will need to conduct some research on the type of chicken you want to raise. You should know how to care for brooders if you want to increase your chickens as well as learn how to care for chicks when they are hatched. This involves dropping the temperature in the coop until it is similar to the temperature outdoors.

Place starter feeds for baby chicks on a white platter. This will help your chicks find their food easily enough. Introduce the water dish to the chicks by dipping their beaks slowly into the bowl. This will help them become familiar with where their water supply is while still staying close to your brooder. Make sure that you choose a narrow drinking dish so your chicks won’t drown when left unattended.

Chicks can be soft, cuddly and amusing to look at but bothering them so much can be detrimental to their health. Avoid handling them often because this can cause stress. When aggravated the chicks will grow poorly or worse, they can die.

Part of learning how to raise chicken poultry is to know what your chicks are saying. If they are noisy then there is something wrong. Perhaps it is too cold in the coop or that there is a predator in their midst. Keeping an eye on them ever so often is highly recommended if you want to keep your chickens safe and sound.


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