Raising Chickens Videos

Raising Chickens for Eggs

You have to take into account the fact that the chicks should have enough space to roam and live comfortably. Even though these chickens are called free range, it is good to give them shelter and protect them from sun and predators. You will also have to see that they have plenty of fresh water and probably feed them on commercial chicken food to supplement their natural food. 

Ensure that the box is not kept in a draft as this can harm the little chicks. Chicks don t require precise temperature control, however some rare and exotic species of birds may require specific temperature controls. For this reason, commercial brooders are better than the cardboard box. For new born chicks and chicks that are less than a week old, the temperature must be maintained at 90 degree F. 

Line the area with plenty of hay, dried leaves and keep enough feed and water for them to be well fed and looked after. Buy the right kind of chicken feed for the breed that you have bought. Some feed are fortified with extra calcium to ensure that the chicken s lay good and healthy eggs, while others ensure that the chickens increase their body mass considerably as these chickens are meant for slaughtering. 

If this does not work, you can get in touch with a veterinarian dealing with livestock. Before the chicks are purchased, a person needs to get his entire setup ready. A safe enclosure needs to be constructed for the chickens to protect them from the extremes of weather and from dangerous predators. Although some space needs to be given to the chickens to allow them to get accustomed to the surroundings, they cannot be allowed to run free. 

Feeding your chickens with table scraps is a very good idea, especially from an economic point of view, but you need to make sure that you are giving them the table scraps from plant origin only. You can give them salad leftovers, bread crumbs, vegetables, fruits and similar foods. Table leftover scraps are nutritious for chickens and they will love them more than the chicken feed you get from the store. 

Once the chickens grow up, crush some oyster shells along with the feed. This will help them lay eggs. Calcium in the oyster shells helps for the forming of the eggshells and soon your chickens will be laying eggs. Oyster shells do not help chicks, so do not give these to them. This is all that you will be required to do.