Here are some things to think about when considering raising your own backyard flock…
Do I have the space? Each chicken requires 3 square feet in which to roam.
How many chickens should I get? In best conditions, each hen will lay about 4-7 eggs per week. How many eggs does your family eat per week?
Aren’t they loud? Only roosters (male chickens) crow. Hens (female chickens) cluck pleasantly and “chat” amongst themselves. They lay with or without a rooster.
What do they require? Chickens eat feed from your local feed store (like Concord Feed), and lots of fresh water- they also love kitchen scraps, fresh greens, bugs, and leftovers. Chickens need a safe coop in which to sleep each night, safe from predators, and a space to forage and peck during the day, called a “run”. Free-ranging hens are fun backyard companions, and will follow you around the yard hoping for treats!
Check out www.backyardchickens.com for LOTS more info!
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