(Little Fuzzy Butts)
I thought that someone might be able to use the info too, after all raising chickens is a rising trend. There are huge benefits too, the most obvious benefit of course is fresh eggs at a lower cost, I won't say free because you have to feed them and buy shavings for their coop and of course build them a run and a coop, all of which costs money. However if you get enough chickens you can sell extra eggs and recoop some of that money. I got 7 to start with and maybe adding a few more later.I also have a goal to "pay back" my husband the money that the coop and run cost within the first year. No I don't need to "pay back" anything but I think it will be a fun goal anyways!
(Oh My! Look at those still wet baby chicks! Too Precious!)
Question 1: How much room do chickens need?
Chickens will need 4 square feet in the coop and about 8 square feet in the run. More is always better especially in the run. Babies just need a big box until about 3 weeks old.
Question 2: What do chickens eat?
Layer pellets after about 2 months and scraps of food from your kitchen. They love scraps but be sure to read up on the food they can't eat. Babies do best on medicated chick starter. Get the medicated kind it will save you lots of problems!
Question 3: What all do I need for my baby chicks?
Shavings, Chicken Feeder, Waterer, Reflector Heat Light, 100 wattt Lightbulb, and Chick Starter.
Question 4: How old are they when they start laying eggs?
About 3 months, give or take!
Question 5: What breeds are best?
Buff Orpington, Barred Rock, Ameraucana, Cochin, Turkin, are my favorite and then probably Austrolop, Brahmas, Wyandotte, Sussex.
My sister (the chicken whisperer) blogs at http://amandajwheeler.blogspot.com/ and if you have more chicken questions one of our favorite chicken sites is http://www.backyardchickens.com/
(Sweet Little Yellow Peeps :)