So you're thinking about raising chickens...

Before getting started, follow this checklist!!!
By Ash1974 · May 3, 2019 ·
  1. Ash1974
    Here are a few easy steps to follow that will be prepared:(Before getting any chickens.)

    1) Make sure you won't be breaking any by-laws.
    2) Calculate size of coop you will need & size of run.(Base on number of chickens & size at maturity.)
    3) Build your coop & run. Don't forget to adequately ventilate your coop and add heat source(s) & insulation(based on climate) and feeding & watering system/dishes.(Water may need to have a heater to prevent freezing in winter.)
    4) Research the different breeds to find the breed(s) that suit your needs & personal preferences.
    5) Find a "Reputable" dealer to get your feed & chooks from/through.(A reputable dealer will also be able to advise you on best practices to keep your birds healthy & know their products.)
    6) Once you have your chooks home, spend time with them(they look to you to know what's best for them & will happily bond with you).
    7) The best way to keep them happy & healthy is to make sure their coop & run is kept clean & safe(free of debris and rodents) and that they are well fed & have clean water. And the more time & attention you give them, the happier they will be. Some breeds are very intelligent & may surprise you(our Rhode Island Red's surprised us, very easily trained).

    I hope this list helps you.

    Happy homesteading!!!

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Recent User Reviews

  1. CCUK
    "Good checklist"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed May 13, 2019
    Good list of things to think about before getting chickens. Being well prepared is always best.
  2. MROO
    "Quick "Short List" for starting out"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed May 5, 2019
    Basic and easy to read - a good starting point for new "chicken tenders."


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