Keeping Chickens

Keeping chickens will be rewarding when you take care of their health before there is a problem. That means prevention. Much better than having to cure a disease. So where do we start when taking care of chickens?

Good husbandry is important implementing good preventive measures to help keep illness and disease at bay and mortality rates low in our feathered friends.

 

Signs of a sick bird:

# Sneezing
# Lost of Appetite
# Tiredness
# Mites and Parasites
# Bloody droppings

The most important thing to think about when keeping chickens is how they are housed. Their home will keep them healthy and happy. So when building a chicken coop, the basic things to consider are:

*** Windows

Windows are the primary light source for your chicken coop. You have to plan before you start to build because you want them in the correct position. Cut the windows in the walls before building the coop. Think which direction will give the most natural sunlight.

*** Predators

Unfortunately there are predators and this will influence the type of design. Whatever plan you use, make sure it addresses the issue so your chickens are safe.

Whatever chicken coop you decide to build, the main function is to protect your chickens from harm. And that means predators. These predators can be foxes, coyotes, rodents, large dogs and nasty people!

It’s heartbreaking to see your chickens get hurt. And if your children are involved with raising the chickens, I don’t have to tell you the grief they will feel.

If you don’t know what predators are in your area, ask your neighbors. Get in touch with your local Natural Resource Departments. You must be informed. Only then will you be able to take the precautionary measures.

LOCATION

You’ve already decided on proper land placement but if you can place the coop within close distance to your house, so much better. If you can look outside and see the coop, you can ensure the chickens are safe.

This is where having a mobile chicken coop comes in really handy since you can easily transport it to wherever you are going to be to really keep a watchful eye on them.

FENCING

When you know the predators you’ll be dealing with, you can design the proper chicken fencing. If digging animals are of concern, you must build the house low enough to the ground so they can’t burrow underneath it.

If you are looking at larger predatory animals, then you’re going to need a fence that’s incredibly sturdy in order to keep them out effectively.

This is why having a good guide to follow will help – it’s vital that you pair your needs with the variety of fences. If you don’t, you may think you’re protecting your chickens, but you really haven’t done much but added a bit of decoration to your chicken coop.

Since you’ve spent money on your chickens and building a chicken coop, it’s crucial to provide the best fencing to protect your feathered friends.

*** Primary Light Source

If you live in a location that doesn’t get a lot of natural sunlight, you’ll have to think about wiring in some electrical light. Chickens do not respond well when they are not getting enough light, whether it’s sunlight or electrical light, so find a way to make sure your coop is well lit.

Electrical light can get to be rather expensive so usually it’s better to avoid this if you can, but in some cases that just isn’t possible.

*** Ventilation

This is crucial! For your chickens and for you! The air must stay fresh. Your chickens won’t be any happier in a smelly coop than you would be. Make sure the plans for building a chicken coop address this important issue.

A well-designed and clean coop will go a long way when keeping chickens healthy.

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