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From Zero to Coop: A Beginner's Guide to Chicken Ownership

by Rachel Davis 23 Jan 2023

Owning Chickens in the UK Blog Post

Keeping chickens in your backyard has become a popular trend in recent years, and for good reason. Not only do chickens provide a constant supply of fresh eggs, but they also make great pets and can be a fun and educational experience for the whole family. However, for those who are new to chicken ownership, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. In this post, we will go over the basics of chicken ownership to help you get started on your journey to backyard chicken farming.

Group of Chickens Wandering Around Coop with Basket of Eggs

Before you begin, it is important to research and understand the local laws and regulations regarding chicken ownership in your area. Some cities and towns have specific rules regarding the number of chickens you can keep and the size of the coop that is required.

Next, you will need to decide on the type of chicken you want to keep. Some popular choices include Derbyshire Redcap, Orpington Chicken, and Old English Game Foul. Each breed has its own unique characteristics and egg-laying abilities, so it's important to choose a breed that suits your needs.

Chicken Coop and Run

Once you have chosen your chickens, you will need to provide them with a suitable coop and run. A coop should provide the chickens with a safe and secure place to sleep and lay eggs, while the run should give them plenty of space to forage and exercise.

Chickens Using Jake's Farm Yard Chicken Feeder

Feed and water are also essential for your chickens' health and well-being. Chickens need a balanced diet that includes a mix of grains, vegetables, and protein. Fresh water should also be always available to them. To serve their food to them in a quick and easy manner, we recommend a Jake's Farm Yard Chicken Feeder, the feeder is not only easy to access for the birds, but also keeps the food dry by providing a roof over the food.

Lastly, chickens require regular care and maintenance. This includes cleaning the coop, providing fresh bedding, and monitoring their health. It's important to be prepared to devote time and attention to your chickens to keep them healthy and happy.

Chicken Sitting Happily on Eggs

Chicken ownership can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience, but it's important to be prepared before taking the plunge. By researching local laws and regulations, choosing the right breed, providing a suitable coop and run, and maintaining proper care and feeding, you'll be on your way to raising a healthy and happy flock. With a little patience and dedication, you'll soon be enjoying fresh eggs and a unique backyard experience. Remember that chickens are living creatures and they need to be treated with care and compassion, so start your journey with an open heart and a willingness to learn.

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