Raising Chickens

Managing Laying Hens and Collecting Eggs

Hens begin laying at around six months of age and can continue for 5-10 years, with peak production occurring in the first 2 years.

 

How to Choose and Purchase Chickens

Local farm supply stores are often your best bet for purchasing chickens.

How to Start Your Chickens Off Right

Raising chickens means taking care of them from the time they’re little puff balls with feet. To start your chicks off right so that they grow into healthy adults, make use of the following tips:

The joy of hatching!

Hatching eggs is an amazing experience. It is so fun to see the little fighters enter the world. Then having them turn into little puff balls of cute feathers is something to bring a lot of smiles from your kids and grandkids no matter their age!

When hatching eggs the temperatures of your eggs are important. This varies based on what you are hatching.

For chicken eggs the temperature should be between 99 and 102 degrees Fahrenheit. 99.5 is usually considered the ideal temperature for growth during the first 18 days. Typically the eggs hatch at 21 days and the final three days the temperature can be reduced to 98.5 since the embryo (unhatched chicken) is producing a little heat.  

Together with the temperature the humidity is very important. for the first 18 days of growth you want the humidity level to be between 50-65 percent. Most try to stay at 60 percent until the last 3 days when 65 percent is a better idea. During the last three days of growth the extra humidity helps insure the little chick doesn't get stuck to the membrane on the shells interior. With qual typically the eggs will hatch after 23 days. Temperature will be same as chickens and the humidity level too with the final three days keeping the humidity at around 70 percent.

It is important to turn the eggs or providing movement up until a few days prior to hatching. Also you want to ensure that your incubator is in a room in which the temperature doesn't vary by more than 10 degrees consistently. This varying room temperature creates a problem for maintaining proper consistency in an incubator. 

The incubators here on chickencoopcompany.com are proven and ready to give your flock a boost in its numbers. They are even recommended for other fowl and reptile eggs! 

So give it a shot and let us know your results!!!

Here are some pictures from our resent qual hatchings.

 

 

How to Choose a Chicken Coops Size and Style for Your Chickens

Chickens are descended from jungle birds, which means they like to be up high, so a place for them to roost is important.

Controlling Pests and Predators

Train your birds to return to the chicken house every evening — and be sure to close it up. If you raise your chicks in that coop, they will naturally return to lay eggs and roost at night after you let them range for the day. Make sure that you close it up at night once the birds have settled.

How to Feed and Care for your Chickens

Chickens need to be fed and water changed daily. They need to be let out of the coop each morning and put into the coop at dusk each night to protect them from predators. Eggs should be picked up twice a day. The coop and pen should be cleaned out weekly to maintain sanitation and odor control.

Managing the Manure

Chicken manure is made up of feed residue, intestinal bacteria, digestive juices, mineral by-products from metabolic processes, and water. In fact, 85% of chicken droppings, by weight, is water. This leads to issues with humidity and odor. So what are the options for managing manure?