Keeping chickens is both a rewarding and fun hobby, but it is essential that all chicken owners make sure their hens are kept happy and in good health. As a first time chicken keeper you may not know where to begin, but you needn’t worry, as we at Cotswold Chickens are here to lend a helping hand. As experts and enthusiasts in hen care, we can provide all the equipment, feed and advice you need, all with your chickens’ best interests at heart.
Seeing as chickens not only give us delicious eggs, but also great amounts of fun and joy, it’s important that we give them a little something back. All chickens want is to be cared for properly, and through paying close attention to the following things, you’ll be able to ensure this continues to happen.
A Place to Live
With a happy hen, comes a happy home. Through investing in a good quality hen house which can be easily and regularly cleaned, you can make sure that your chickens are given the most beneficial and pleasing environment to live within. Frequent cleaning and attention to your hen house is vital to the health of your chickens, so check thoroughly for things such as red mite which may begin to appear if left unattended.
Food and Tasty Treats
Just like us humans, chickens need their vitamins, and through making sure they maintain a healthy diet, you’ll be able to enjoy beautiful eggs all year round. The key to their diet is variety, and by feeding them a combination of meal/mash pellets, crumb, and fresh vegetation, your hens will be happily lay fantastic eggs for you to enjoy. Why not also treat them with corn or maize, which will also come in handy when training.
Get to know and bond with your chicken by examining them on a weekly basis. It’s important that you keep a track of their health and weight, as well as checking for parasites. If your chickens are proving difficult to get a hold of, use a landing net, or check them at night once they have gone to roost. Chasing them will only get you both in a flap!
As your all-round guide to exceptional poultry care advice, we are eager to provide invaluable tips and advice for all chickens and their owners. Feel free to contact us for more information.