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3 Things To Consider When Raising Your Own Chickens

By Mary Martins

Do you want to raise your own chickens? Do you love the idea of having fresh meat and eggs anytime you want it? Want to lower your grocery bill and become more self sufficient? If so, then raising chickens is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your family! Here are three things to consider when you are thinking about keeping chickens in your yard.

1. Do you know how many chickens you want? If you want a certain amount of eggs per day, it will be easy to calculate how many chickens you need. Or if you would also like to raise baby chicks, you will also need a rooster. Most chickens lay approximately 250 to 280 eggs per year, so if you need at least a dozen eggs a week, you should plan on having at least 2 chickens.

2. Is your yard big enough? Chickens don’t need a lot of space. A hen house that is about 4 feet by 3 feet is big enough for 12 chickens. But you also have to plan outdoor space for your chickens (usually attached to the hen house). Twenty square feet is usually enough for 4 chickens.

3. Where will you put the coop? You need to plan around sun, shade, moisture, and your home (or your neighbor’s home!). You don’t want the coop to be in direct sunlight all day, or it could get too hot for the chickens. You also don’t want the chickens to be in a moist environment all day, so drainage is important. You also don’t want the coop to be too close to your home or your neighbor’s home, otherwise the smell and noise could bother you both. And if you plan on having a rooster, don’t forget they will wake you up in the morning! So proper distance from living space is key.

It might sound like a lot of work at first, but raising your own chickens is easy once you get the hang of it. Just make sure that you plan well at the beginning and then you will be well on your way to fresh eggs and meat at any time of the day or night!

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Martins, Mary "3 Things To Consider When Raising Your Own Chickens." 3 Things To Consider When Raising Your Own Chickens. 21 Aug. 2010. 11 Apr 2015 <>.

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