Interested in owning your own chickens? Want to have eggs that have been freshly laid in the morning? Well here is your guide to doing just that. We understand how daunting it is as a novice to take the plunge so here is a quick guide to what you will need.
Buying your Feathered Friends
When buying a chicken there are a few simple things to look out for. Firstly you want to make sure that your chosen chook is nice and healthy.
Here are a few tips on what to look out for -
• The chicken should have lovely bright eyes. If the eyes are watery or crusty then there is the possibility of underlying health problems.
• The condition of any animal’s coat is a good indicator of their good or bad health. The feathers should have a nice sheen to them.
Home Sweet Home
Home is where the heart is and these chickens will definitely become a beloved family member. Here are the essential items to get sorted before welcoming your new chicken’s home. All the items listed are available at Cotswold chickens.
• A coop
• A Run – the minimum space is a square meter of run space for every chicken that you own. This is vital as it comes under the 2006 animal welfare act. There are a range of different coops available at Cotswold Chickens.
• Basic or complete starter kit ( includes feed, drinker, feeder and lots more)
• Fake eggs ( helps the chickens to know where to lay their eggs)
• Cleaning kit (vital cleaning equipment and solutions)
Choosing the right food for your chicken is very important as it will affect the health of your chickens and the quality of their eggs. The three main chicken feeds are meal/mash, pellets and crumb.
Here at Cotswold Chickens we can offer advice and guidance upon buying your new chickens with our chicken keeping courses. We are open six days a week (closed Wednesdays) and we are extremely happy to welcome any queries or concerns you may have.