Sunday, 11 December 2011

Looking after chickens

Its very important to keep your hens healthy and happy. Keeping them free range is very good for their health. There are a few different things that you have to learn

1 THE COOP  Clean the hens coop once a week. Sawdust or straw is the bedding. For the nest box put a light sprinkle of sawdust at the bottom and then put straw on the top. My version of a good looking coop is sawdust at least two and a half inches of the bottom with at a hand full. Size is very important. To hold 9 chickens you need at least 20 inches wide and 27 inches high and 20 or more inches long.

2 FOOD,WATER Food and water are very important but you need good food and water feeders. Good food feeders are the ones with a roof and stands so when it rains the water from the grass doesn't get in and soak the food. You need good balanced food such as layers pellets with does get soaked if does not have a roof. Change the water twice a day.

3 FENCING, Badgers and Foxes love to eat chickens so you need very good fencing.You also need to lock them away every night. In spring and summer lock them away at 9 o'clock or 10 o'clock. In autumn and winter pack them away at 5 o'clock or 6 o'clock.

4 BIG GARDEN SMALL GARDEN, Do you have a big garden or a small one because size is very important so you need the perfect breed of chicken. If you have a small garden go for bantams ( bantams are a small breed of chicken ) if you have a big garden you can go for any breed of chicken.

This is a picture of my me and my hen Mary and my brother and his hen Hermione

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