Caring for your chickens
Raising healthy chickens in your backyard chicken coop is not a high
maintenance project. However, there are a few key items
of chicken care that are important for success. Here are some tips
and tricks to simplify the chicken care process.
There are a few things you should do on a daily basis to make sure that your
chicken coop is a safe and healthy place for your chickens.
First, keep your feeders and waterers full with fresh
food and water.
Second, while in the chicken house replenishing the food and water, check to
see that the devices are clean. Your chickens will not want to drink dirty
water, and a lack of water can easily lead to disease.
Third, observe your flock to make sure that they all look generally
healthy and active. Early detection of any problems can save you lots of headaches in
the long run and that's good chicken care.
Fourth, and maybe the most rewarding, collect and
For good chicken care, about once a month, you should change the
bedding in both the chicken coop and the nests. The
most common material for nest bedding is fresh straw. You may use straw
or wood shavings for the floor material.
Changing the bedding is important to prevent build up of ammonia from the chicken
waste. Excessive ammonia can cause respiratory illness. You can also
sprinkle some lime dust on the floor before putting down the bedding to help reduce
Twice A Year Maintenance for the Chicken House
Twice a year you need to do a complete cleaning of your chicken
coop. First, remove all bedding, waterers and feeders. Then hose
out the whole place and wash it down with a cleaning solution of 1
part bleach, 1 part liquid dish soap and 10 parts water.
Give it a good scrubbing then hose it all off. Let things dry out
well, and then replace all the bedding with fresh materials. While you're at it,
this is a good time to thoroughly clean all the watering and feeding devices.
Again, let them dry out well then replenish with fresh food and water.
A couple of hours doing this thorough cleaning will go a long way towards
ensuring the health and happiness of your chickens.
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