Keeping Chickens: The Definitive Guide to Happy and Healthy Poultry

2017-09-12 | Care & Safety



 

Chick chick chick chick chicken, lay a little egg for me. 

 

If you like the idea of having farm fresh eggs every morning and you’ve got enough space in your garden, chickens can be the perfect addition to your household. You don’t need to own vast amounts of land and buying your own flock is pretty affordable – we’re talking as low as a £4 donation per hen if you rescue them!

 

That said, keeping chickens can be a lot of hard work, especially if you don’t know what you’re getting into. For one, you’ve got to worry about predators – foxes, birds of prey, stoats, and even household pets like dogs and cats can make very short work of your feathered friends. Plus, you’ve got to make sure their coop is safe and comfortable, and that they’re getting the feed and nutrients they need to lay high quality eggs. And that's before the cleaning starts!

 

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by your new arrivals. But don’t let it put you off. Once everything’s set up and you (and your hens) settle into a routine, it all gets much more straightforward – you just need a bit of advice to get you going. And luckily, we’ve put together this handy infographic that covers the basics of poultry keeping and shows you the best ways to care for your chickens and keep them in tip top health.

 

P.S: if you want to make your chickens even healthier, we’ve got a wide range of herbal supplements here at Animal Health that’ll help your chickens thrive!