Welcome to my new blog series,
On Fridays, I will be posting about different aspect of handmade living .
The first subject I will be covering in this series is raising chickens.
This series focuses on raising hens for eggs.
Are you a crafty type person who likes :
Do you want to be even more self- reliant?
Why not raise some hens?
WHY RAISE CHICKENS?
- Eggs that are healthy and delicious for your family.
- It's pretty simple to do. If you can raise a dog or cat, you can raise chickens.
- Most suburbs, cities, and towns allow a small flock of hens.
- You don't need a rooster to have hens who lay eggs and roosters aren't allowed in most towns because they are so noisy. I have one but I live out in the country.
- When you read about what goes on in factory farms you will not want to eat their eggs...
- A fun and rewarding educational experience for your children. There is nothing like needing eggs for a recipe and going out to the hen house to gather them with your little one!
- Chickens create the world's best fertilizer for your garden.
- Chickens in your yard eat ticks, mosquitoes, and other pesky bugs.
- Chickens can be raised in even small backyards.
- Chickens can be hilarious to watch and each one has a different personality.
BEFORE YOU GET STARTED
Before you get started you need to find out what the zoning ordinances are for raising chickens where you live. Contact your animal control office or your city hall to find out. Most places allow a few hens but if you want more than a dozen hens or want to add a rooster to your flock you may need a permit.
If you have neighbors you may want to discuss your chicken raising idea with them before you get started. You don't want to ruffle any feathers!
Chickens need about 10 square feet of outdoor space per bird. Plan to start with at least two hens. They are social creatures and don't do well alone.
If you want to start with chicks you will need to devote about a month of intense supervision to raise them. But once they are old enough to be outside maintenance is relatively simple. Plan on about 10 minutes a day for chores like raking bedding, gathering eggs, and putting out fresh food and water. Set aside a couple of days a year for larger chores like removing and replacing the deep litter bedding and disinfecting the coop.
Next Friday I will be discussing how to get your first coop set up!