There are many reasons you might want to raise chickens. You may want fresh eggs, or meat for your family; or maybe you’re looking for a sustainable source of food that is humane and environmentally conscious. It’s also possible that you just like the idea of owning chickens! Whatever your reason, there are four steps involved in raising healthy and happy chickens.
- Purchase chicks from a reputable hatchery, not an unlicensed pet store or online seller.
- Provide adequate space by providing 3 square feet per bird indoors (6 square feet for 6 birds).
- Provide fresh food and water at all times, supplementing with grain.
- Ensure the coop has plenty of ventilation, light, warmth, protection from predators.