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How To Raise Chickens - The Benefits of Free-Range Eggs!
Feeders should be located in a clear place but they should be fixed so, the chicken cannot flip it easily and spoil all the feed. The same goes for the water but, the water needs to be prominent and in confined containers so, the hens cannot stand inside the water and contaminate it. Light should be supplied in adequate amount for the hens and this depends mainly on the reason of raising these hens.
In that case, one must ensure that 2 to 3 square feet of space is given to each chicken individually. When the flock becomes mature more space might be required. Also, the space required will depend on the specific breed of chickens. The proper ventilation of the coop is of utmost importance. Adequate ventilation is required to drive out the toxic fumes from inside the coop.
Waterer and feeders are equally important A waterer is also very important, as the chicks are extremely thirsty after they are born. Place the waterer in such a way that it can t be toppled over when the chicks are running around in their coop. The temperature of the water should also be maintained at 90-degree F.
Other mixes or food shouldn t be given to the little chickens, as this will interfere with the nutritional balance of the commercial food that is being given to them. The feedbag label will tell you about the feed for the exact stage development and will also mention the amount of nutrients per serving and the quantity that should be fed.
This is because they do not know which food is good for the chicks and can provide them with the nutrients they need. In addition, remember that chickens like to take fresh water that is free from dirt and dust. Give enough space to the chickens to run around, so that they can eat grass and bugs. If you do not mind spending a few bucks, consider making a coop for the chickens to live in.
The second style is adopted when the chickens are kept confined within the boundaries of the chicken coop or shed. Both styles have their inherent advantages and disadvantages. The free-range chickens peck dirt particles and grass when allowed to roam and run about freely. The chickens are constantly on the move feeding on bugs and plant pieces.