A Chicken Backyard – Everybody is Doing it?

Backyard chickens are a great source of protein and require less work than you may think.

People don’t usually keep chickens in their homes, because as a rule, it’s a whole lot easier to get your chickens and eggs from your friendly neighborhood grocery. Life’s hard enough as it is without having to take care of a dozen or so animals that don’t offer the same kind of emotional connection as other pets do.

But that is no argument for not starting a backyard chicken coop. It isn’t very obvious, but depending on the breed you get, raising chickens can actually become a very fulfilling and enriching experience, even for people who’ve never had any experience taking care of birds before.

Taking care of chickens can actually be a very basic endeavor, if you know what you have to do to get it done properly and with as little trouble as possible.

The question is, how does one grow chickens? Backyards, at least decently-sized backyards, have everything you will need to hold a modestly-sized chicken coop of five to ten chickens, and all you need to do is take the initiative and start planning!

The very first thing you will need to do is to establish what you’re going to start a chicken backyard coop for. I cannot express this enough. If you go into the endeavor without knowing what your motivation is, there’s a possibility that you’ll run out of drive halfway through the process.

That would usually mean a lot of wasted time, effort, and resources. Don’t worry if it’s just a rough idea – the important thing is that you have something to build on. You’ll develop your ideas as you go along.

Once you have an idea of what your very own project chicken’s going to be about, it’s time to do a little bit of research on the kind of chicken you should be getting. Sure, it’s pretty easy to think that chickens are chickens, right? What do you need to know their breeds for?

Think of it this way. Chickens are just like any other animal on this planet. Throughout the centuries, they evolved to adapt to the needs of living in a given area.

You get a chicken that’s adapted to live in the cold, for example, and you bring them to Florida, there’s a possibility that your birds won’t last the year. Same goes for warm-weather chickens in cold climates. Another concern is how much time you’ll have to devote to your chickens. Some breeds will require special attention, while some of the other hardier breeds will need less focus from you.

So you’ve got your chickens; backyard preparation is the next order of the day. The basic necessities of any chicken grower include a chicken coop, a wide space of land for grazing, and a continuous supply of food and water.

It goes without saying that the chicken coop is where the chickens will be spending a lot of their time, so devote a little bit of effort into designing a comfortable and effective coop for your birds. To save time during construction, build the nest boxes at the same time you’re building the coop – but this means that you have to be precise in your coop schematics, so be extra careful when designing the birdhouse.

Also take note that chickens are technically defenseless; make sure that their coops are sturdy and secure structures that predators will have a hard time getting into.

As for the chicken run, you must ensure that each chicken has around six feet of personal space – so if you have limited space, this might be a problem. You might be forced to limit the number of chickens you own just to keep them happy with the space they have.

But one thing you have to remember: never let your chicken live alone. These birds are naturally social creatures, so at least two chickens are necessary to ensure that your animals stay happy.

Raising chickens can be a very enriching experience for you and your family. Though it may seem daunting on the get-go however with a little time and effort, you see the benefits of having your own chicken backyard.

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