Chickens are amazing creatures that are fun, sweet, loving, and will provide a constant supply of fresh eggs. These feathered friends will cluck your way into your backyard and into your heart! If you give them the right amount of time, love, and care (TLC), you will soon have a beautiful flock of healthy and happy chickens! This article will provide you with all the details you need to know.

1 Before you get the chickens, make sure to build or buy them a nice, quaint little hen house to eat, sleep, and lay eggs in. Give each chicken about two feet of space in the run and in the hen house. Supply each hen with a nest box to lay her eggs in.

2 Depending on how big the hen house is, put about four to six chickens in it so they won't be cramped or want to fight. Most of the time, hens will be very nice to each other. In order to show who is boss, they do have a pecking order for the new ones you add.

3 Make sure to give your hens a good quality feed, such as "Mano Pro Egg Maker". For hens at six months and up, give them "Mano Pro Egg Maker". For chicks that are zero to six months old, feed them "Chick Starter". Give each hen about three ounces of feed. The chicks should receive two ounces each.

4 Make sure your hens have a good supply of water. One gallon waters are best for three to four hens, but five gallon is even better if you have more. Remember: the more hens you have, the bigger the feeder and water you need for them!

5 Be sure to consider the breed of chickens you will purchase. If they can stand hot or cold weather, usually the Rhode Island red and sex link types will be perfect. There are 'meat types' that grow EXTREMELY fast and live about a year. There are other types known as "egg layers" or "dual purpose breeds", which are good for eggs. After a couple of years, they can be killed for meat.

  • Chickens LOVE table scraps. Give them old cereal, bread and butter, and any vegetables and fruits. However, do NOT give them avocado! Avocado is poisonous to all birds. Make sure the scraps you give them are not high in sugars or fats.
  • Chickens are very sweet! If you purchase them at a young age and handle them well, they will always be nice to you. The more you handle them, the stronger the bond will grow between you and the chicken. However, if you're planning to kill the chicken for meat, don't get too close with it!
  • Put half-inch hardware cloth about 12 below the run. It'll keep predators from digging their way under the fence and into your run.
  • Make sure you have a hot light if you are thinking about purchasing infant chicks. This will keep them warm.
  • Some breeds lay many eggs. Always be happy when you get your first farm-fresh egg. You will know that the bird who laid it is happy and has the right feed. Commercial egg-layers live in terrible conditions!
  • If there are any predators in your area (foxes, wild dogs, stray cats), be sure to keep the chickens locked away where predators can't get them. Also secure the area with a padlock so that people cannot open the doors and steal your chickens!
  • Roosters will hurt hens while trying to get them to mate. Their sharp nails will scratch the hens horribly! If you have a rooster, keep it in a separate house.
  • Some areas may not allow roosters. Do your research before you get one!
  • Chicks will need 'chick wire' and hens need 'hen wire'. Don't mix the two up!
  • If you have more than one rooster, they will fight. Make sure you have one rooster for every ten hens or so.
  • Some rooster breeds have muffs, beards, and/or crests. They might need a special type of narrow lipped water.
  • Remember that chickens may sometimes escape and run off. Make sure you have a good sized wire to keep predators out and chickens in!

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