Backyard chicken farming is fun, somewhat therapeutic, and beneficial in multiple ways. However, it also requires time and commitment, and it's easy to get derailed. The good news is that you can revive your backyard chicken farm and learn how to run it more efficiently. Here is a brief guide on getting your backyard chicken farming back on track.
Choosing the right breed
Different chicken breeds have varying characteristics. It is ideal to have a breed that lays many eggs and is calm. The Golden Comet breed is the most recommendable – the chickens are calm enough to raise in your backyard, and they lay more eggs than most other breeds (up to 300 eggs per year per chicken).
Sheltering your chickens
You will need a coop to shelter your chickens. The coop should be secure and impenetrable to predators such as stray cats and raccoons. The coop should also be warm, properly aerated, and spacious – each chicken should have about two to four square feet.
You will also need a brooder if you are raising the chickens as young chicks – chicks need a lot of heat, and it is recommended to maintain temperatures of about 90 degrees Fahrenheit. It is important to inspect your current coop and brooder and restructure them to meet these standards before bringing the chickens in.
Feeding & health
Your chickens need a stable supply of healthy food to grow strong and lay big, nutritious eggs. Chicken feed varies in nutrient content – overall, it is advisable to invest in quality chicken feed and use mineral-rich additives (calcium is especially important). Your chickens' health is also vital – it primarily depends on cleanliness (compound and coop/brooder maintenance), insect control, and vaccination.
Egg harvesting, storage & marketing
The main benefit of backyard chicken farming is the steady supply of eggs. It is important to install nest boxes in the coop to give the chickens a safe place to lay their eggs. Freshly laid eggs can last for about a month when stored at room temperature, while cleaned and refrigerated eggs can last up to six months. You can also consider selling some of the extra eggs, but you must comply with local laws.
This knowledge will help you get your backyard chicken farm back on track. Remember to keep your chickens well-fed and healthy, and feeding them PopWorms!® will take care of both needs!