When you are already able to raise your young chicks, then growing chickens becomes your new focus. The bottom line in caring for chickens is about providing its basic needs – food, water, shelter, safety and adequate space for it to run around. A chicken should be provided space for it to run around because it is healthier for chickens to stretch out their wings.
First, your flock should also not be more than 20 chickens. Chickens are social, class conscious animals. Their “pecking order” is confused in flocks of more than 20. This would result to constant fighting between the chickens. Second, you should also keep your chickens safe from predators. Roofing your chicken run is basically good enough for keeping the crows and other birds of prey and cats from getting to your chickens. In most cases, and for more protection of your chicken, some people run a “hot wire” electrical fence around their coop, but I wouldn’t recommend that.
Furthermore, handling chickens depend much on its breed. Different creeds have different behaviors. Basically, you need to know how your flocks behave, so that you know how to handle them and keep them happy. Chickens also need “treats”. One special treat is particularly healthy for them. It is a special, high protein “chook treat”. The way I prepare this is to: moisten a half cup of instant oats with milk; add sunflower seeds and a small tin of fish or cat food, or leftover meat scraps which should be finely chopped. One option is to also add a vitamin or a vitamin supplement. This treat is healthy for the chicken and indeed makes them happier.
For hens that lay eggs, nesting boxes should be placed inside the coops. Nesting boxes should be enclosed and should look and feel like a real nest, as close as it can go. Coaxing the hens to use the nesting boxes can be done by using artificial eggs. Every one to two days, a laying hen can produce an egg. Gather the eggs frequently to assure its freshness.
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