Raising chickens can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience, but it also requires commitment and preparation. Here are 10 things to consider when you are thinking about raising chickens:

  1. Local regulations: You need to check with your local government to make sure that raising chickens is allowed in your area, and if there are any restrictions or permits required.
  2. Space: Your chickens will need enough space to move around and exercise. Planning for at least 2-3 square feet of space per bird in the coop and 8-10 square feet of space per bird in the run will ensure your chickens stay active and healthy.
  3. Housing: You’ll need to provide a safe and secure coop for your chickens to roost and lay eggs. The coop should be well-ventilated, predator-proof, and easy to clean.
  4. Feeding: Chickens need a balanced diet of protein, carbohydrates, and other nutrients to stay healthy. Be sure their menu includes a mix of commercial feed and fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains.
  5. Water: Chickens need access to clean and fresh water at all times. Plan for at least 1 gallon of water per 4-5 chickens. Be sure to add Dr. Connie’s Probiotic + Electrolyte to ensure healthy chickens year round.
  6. Egg production: If you plan to raise chickens for eggs, consider the breed and their egg-laying capabilities. Some breeds lay more eggs than others.
  7. Health: Chickens can get sick and require regular check-ups. Plan for regular health checks and keep a first aid kit on hand.
  8. Predators: Chickens are vulnerable to predators such as foxes, raccoons, minks and hawks. Plan for a secure coop and run to keep them safe.
  9. Waste management: Chickens produce manure, which can be used as fertilizer, but it can also attract pests and produce odor. Plan for proper waste management and disposal. We encourage you to sprinkle the manure with Dr. Connie’s Compost Plus which is safe for chickens and help to accelerate the composting of their poop.
  10. Time commitment: Raising chickens requires daily care and attention, including feeding, watering, cleaning, and egg collecting. Plan for the time commitment needed to care for your chickens.

Remember, raising chickens is a long-term commitment and requires ongoing care and attention. Proper planning and preparation can help ensure a successful and enjoyable experience.