Setting up a home for the chickens is the first thing you need to do.The chickens will roost every night in the coop, which will be a place with a sense of security.They will eat, drink, scratch, forage, bathe, talk, lay and run.They can choose to breed and nurture eggs.Before you can purchase your first flock, you need to set it up correctly.
Step 1: Purchase a suitable chicken house for your flock.
You have to decide on the size, security, run and price.The larger the flock, the bigger the house.The bigger the coop, the more secure it is.If you don’t want your chickens to be free-range, then you need to purchase a run with a coop.In pet shops or nearby ranch supply stores, you can find chicken coops.If you have a lot of money, take a look at a pet shop in town.A standard chicken needs 8 square foot of floor space in the run.The run needs 4 square foot and the coop needs 2 square feet.Once delivered, set up the coop.If it wasn’t bought set-up already, what is meant by setting up the coop is constructing it.
Step 2: Set up perches and boxes.
If the nest boxes are limited to your flock, you should consider setting up some more.There should be one box for every four hens.The hens don’t get dirtied in their own waste and can sleep during the night if they have perches.
Step 3: Absorbent bedding can be purchased.
The floor of the coop may be covered by the bedding.The bedding needs to be absorbent so you don’t have to clean it as often.Sand and/or newspaper would be worse than wood shavings.Some people like to use newspapers at the bottom of their house to make it easier to clean up, while others prefer wood shavings to be used in the top part of the house.
Step 4: Purchase things to build a nest.
If the chickens ever want to go broody, this will go inside the boxes to cushion them.You need to buy hay and straw.
Step 5: Add drinkers and feeders.
Like many other items, these are essential to the coop.Depending on your flock size, you can choose between a large drinker or a smaller one.They can either be inside or outside.
Step 6: Add more items.
Adding sand tubs for dust bathing, chicken toys, treat bowls, wading water tub, and other things can make the chickens have more fun.
Step 7: Establish a fencing system.
Chickens are like cats.You don’t want the chickens walking across the road or in the neighbours garden.Ensure that your flock is safe by setting up fencing or chicken wire.It keeps people safe.
Step 8: Get rid of plants that are poisonous.
Some plants can be harmful to chickens.You can research online to find a list.If you know what plants are in your garden, give them a search online.There are exceptions to the fact that chickens will avoid plants that are dangerous.
Step 9: Don’t use chemicals on your lawn.
These are bad for chickens as they like to eat grass.Chickens can become ill if they ingest these chemicals.
Step 10: There is a supply of grit nearby.
If you don’t keep the chickens well, they can be bad on the crop.Chickens digest the nutrition they come across.
Step 11: The bedding needs to be replaced every two weeks.
The bedding won’t last forever.You will need to replace the bedding and materials with new ones because the waste will pile up.
Step 12: The drinkers and feeders need to be cleaned.
The drinkers and feeders should be cleaned every two weeks and refilled daily to make sure they are clean and fresh.
Step 13: The boxes have perches.
The two should be scrubbed down every couple of weeks.It’s bad for the chickens that waste can pile up.
Step 14: The coop needs to be secured every night.
The chickens should be kept inside.No predator will be able to sneak their way in if the doors and box access are locked.
Step 15: Monthly is a good time to do a whole-coop secure check.
This is not the same as securing the coop every night.You’re looking for holes in the coop, weak wood, signs of pests, and other things.