What you Need to Know to Raise Happy Healthy Chickens and how to Care for Them.
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Getting Started Raising Chickens
Hi, my name is Victoria Matarella and if you have landed on this page, I guess you have either just purchased some chickens or intend to get some. Well you have come to the right place. Here at Happy Chicken Coops, our aim is to provide you with the information you need to successfully raise healthy, happy chickens.
Whether as a beginner or someone who has been keeping these amazing birds for some time, we hope to help you love having these friendly birds as your pets.
If you have never kept chickens before, then before getting started the first thing you will need to check out is your Local areas Laws and Regulations on being able to keep Chickens. As some councils will not allow you to have a Rooster and have limits on how many hens that you can keep in your backyard.
Reading up on accurate information about the care of Chickens, how to house them, and what to feed them is the best way to be prepared when getting chickens.
Depending on whether you are purchasing Day Old Chickens or Pullets ready to start laying, you will need different equipment and different types of Chicken Feed.
We are here to help you on your journey, helping you to care for your chickens at what ever age. From day old chickens right through to mature chickens.
What to Feed your Chickens depending on their age.
How to Care for Baby Chickens
What types of Chicken Coops
Keeping your Chickens Happy and Healthy
Hatching out Chickens
Information about Chickens to get you Started
There are a lot of different breeds out there. We have featured different breeds so that you can select the right one for you and your family
There are a lot of different Chicken Coops out there for you to choose from that will fit into your backyard.
Information on caring for your Chickens and keeping them Healthy
What You Need When Caring for Baby Chicks
It is so exciting bringing home your day old chickens. But before you get your chickens there are a few essential things to consider. Below are a few things that you should have in preparation before the arrival of your baby chicks.
|Brooder||A Brooder is a contained area to keep your chickens warm and safe. In your brooder you will also need to have water and food that your chickens can easily access without it being contaminated.|
|Heat Lamp/Heating Plate||Your Brooder needs to contain either a Heat Lamp or Heating Plate that your chickens are able to keep warm under. This is to replace their mother who would usually keep her chickens warm and safe.|
|Bedding||It is important to have the correct bedding in your brooder, so that it will prevent any health problems, It will soak up any spillages and chickens will scratch around in it.|
|Chick Waterer||When chickens are young they require a special container for their water so as not to drown in. Chickens need to have plenty of clean uncontaminated water available to them. So you need a water container they can't get into and make a mess in.|
|Chick Feeder||Having a good chick feeder is important. Your chicks will need to have access to plenty of food, but at the same time it needs to be kept uncontaminated from their droppings and urine. By having a feeder you will keep the feed off the ground and will also reduce wastage.|
|Chicken Starter Feed||For your chickens development and growth, they will need to be fed proper starter chick crumbles. Depending on whether your chickens have been vaccinated will determine whether you need to feed them medicated or non medicated Starter feed.|
My Backyard Chickens
No more are chickens just found on the farm! Keeping a small flock of backyard chickens is becoming more and more popular in suburbia and even in urban areas. It’s quite possible you already have neighbors or know someone else who has their own chickens. So if you’re considering keeping backyard chickens for the first time, congratulations!
Chickens are an enjoyable, beneficial backyard addition that are relatively very easy to care for. Some need only a small area to free-range in so are suited to suburban backyards. Aside from initial costs such as your coop and ongoing feed, they are quite affordable to keep and will save you money as you’ll no longer be buying eggs. You may even make money from selling eggs and chicken poo as fertilizer!
Before getting started the first thing you will need to check out is your local areas Law and Regulations on being able to keep chickens. Especially as some local areas will not allow you to keep a Rooster and may have a limit on the number of hens that you can keep.
Reasons to Keep Chickens There are so many reasons to keep backyard chickens – and these go well beyond the obvious appeal of having your own fresh, organic eggs. In so saying, fresh eggs every day is the top reason why most people choose to keep chickens.
There’s nothing quite like a warm, fresh, newly-laid egg. Unlike most store-bought eggs, a fresh egg from your own hen is unparalleled in its richness, flavor, texture and appearance. Depending on your breed of hen, your eggs can vary enormously in color. The freshest eggs have hard shells and yolks that are strong, vibrantly orange, and flavorsome, with egg whites that are thick. There is no better egg for poaching than a farm (or backyard) fresh egg.
Eggs produced by your own chickens are highly nutritious and you decide what goes into making them by feeding your hens accordingly. The nutritional content of your hens’ egg yolks is determined by a rich and diverse diet of quality feed as well as grasses, vegetable and fruit snacks, appropriate protein, bugs and seeds.
Depending on whether you are purchasing Day Old Chicks or Pullets ready to start laying, you will need different equipment and different types of chicken feed.