chickens

Raising chickens in our garden

Raising chickens is an excellent way to live more sustainably and enjoy fresh eggs. Chickens are easy to care for, and they offer many benefits to your garden and homestead. In this beginner’s guide, we will cover the basics of raising chickens, including their housing, feeding, and health care needs.

Our chicken coop

If you want chickens, you will need to build (or buy) a well-ventilated and secure coop that will keep them safe from the elements and predators. It should have enough space for your chickens to move around comfortably and a nesting box where they can lay their eggs. The coop should be cleaned regularly to prevent the buildup of bacteria and parasites. We’ve had 3 coops over the years and the learning curve resulted in an easy-to-clean coop that keeps my chickens safe and clean.

What we feed our chickens

Chickens are omnivores and will eat almost anything. A balanced diet for chickens includes a mix of grains, protein, and calcium. You can feed your chickens commercial feed, which is available at most pet stores and feed stores. You can also supplement their diet with kitchen scraps, vegetables, and fruits. Chickens also need access to clean water at all times.

Benefits

Raising chickens offers many benefits to your garden and homestead. Chickens are great foragers and will eat insects, weeds, and other pests in your garden. They also produce nitrogen-rich compost, which is great for your plants. Chickens are also fun and entertaining to watch, and they can be great pets for children.

Challenges

Raising chickens is not without its challenges. Chickens can be vulnerable to predators, such as raccoons, foxes, and hawks. You will need to take steps to protect your chickens from these predators, such as building a secure coop and run. Chickens can also be prone to certain health problems, which can require veterinary care.