Chook keeping dates back over 5000 years and has provided pleasure to millions of people around the world throughout the ages. In addition to providing great companionship in keeping them as pets, they provide you with deliciously yummy eggs that are laid fresh daily.
Chooks are very easy to cater for however have some basic requirements.
They require a chicken pen, coop or house that is :
If you are going to keep chooks on an ongoing basis we prefer to build a chook house in preference to a coop. This will ensure that the chooks have plenty of room, a dry shaded area with a deep litter floor and an outside area or run.
We like the house itself to have a solid floor such as concrete, bricks or paving with deep litter which in addition to providing a dry area reduces the chance of rodents being a problem.
Chook houses should face north to take advantage of the winter sun and you should allow a minimum of 0.40 square metre per bird as the very minimum. To reduce the risk of fox attack chooks need to be locked up each night.
Looking after your chooks is very simple. They require permanent
fresh water, grains or chook pellets, some shell grit for calcium and
will eat most kitchen scraps and love greens which provide vitamins and
contribute carotenoid pigments for yolk colour. You can purchase grain
mixes and there are several different brands of layer pellets available
which provide all the vitamins and minerals your hens require.
Chooks are sociable animals and you should never have only one (two or three are the preferred minimum).
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