Steps for Raising Chickens

Do you want to start raising chickens in your home? However, there are certain factors you need to consider before you bring chicks into your home. You will need to have enough information on how to handle the chicks until they are fully grown to produce meat or eggs depending on why you’re keeping them. To make sure you’re successful with your chicks, here are six steps on how to rear chickens from home:

Step 1: Get the chicks. There are a few things to consider when buying chicks. First, you need to buy the chicks that are right for what you want. Ensure that you buy them from certified hatcheries that would reasonably certify the sex of the chicks. This is very important since you don’t want to end up with a lot of roosters.

Step 2: Keep them indoors. Your chicks are tiny and delicate. Therefore, make sure they stay indoors for the first four weeks. Keep them warm, with a temperature of about thirty degrees Celsius. You will have to make sure they are properly fed and they have sufficient water all the time. The cage must be kept clean. Chicks can be fed on a chick feeder for up to eight to ten weeks. Mix their drinking water with electrolytes to make sure they are healthy. They need special care at this tender age.

Step 3: Time to take them outdoors. By now they’re fully feathered. It’s now time to take them outside. However, before you take them outdoors, make sure that it’s safe for them. Make certain that their coop is properly built to keep any predators out.

Step 4: How to care for them after ten weeks. Your chicks are almost full-grown now and a few things are bound to change. You will have to increase the amount of water by almost five times and the same goes for the food. They don’t need a lot of proteins now and feeding them a layer crumble will be good. Give them ground oyster shells to strengthen the eggshells and corn so their bodies can generate heat during the cold winter months. Don’t give them garlic, salty foods, chocolate, dried beans and rice because these foods would lead to death. Feed them on kitchen scrapes, overripe tomatoes, arugula and such like foods.

Step 5: Time for the first egg. At the age of between eighteen to twenty-four months, your chickens are ready to start laying eggs. You will have to keep the coop clean to avoid the eggs from getting stained by the food and body waste from the chickens. Ensure that you collect the eggs on a daily basis.

Step 6: Know what to do when the chickens get sick. Chickens may get sick due to a number of reasons. Some chicken diseases are so fatal they can wipe out a whole flock. Make sure you have a reputable vet in your area that can treat and immunize them as needed.