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Backyard Chickens and Roosters
Backyard chickens and roosters can be a great addition to your homestead. Backyard chickens, sometimes called urban chickens, are fowl breeds that you can raise in a typical backyard. Chickens are an excellent food source. They produce eggs. Later, as the chickens mature and their egg production declines, they produce meat.
Raising Backyard Chickens and Roosters
Chickens are trending as people become more concerned where their food comes. Raising chickens in their own backyard give people more control of the quality of eggs produced. Perhaps they choose to free range the chickens or feed them with organic feeds only. This significantly increases the health factor of the eggs and also the meat from the chicken. There are also people who sell eggs and who are keeping chickens as part of a survival or prepping plan.
And what about raising a rooster? Are you considering one? We explore all there is to know about roosters so you can make the right decision.
Incubation for Beginners – Hatching your own chickens can be an educational and rewarding experience and with the right equipment and some best practices you can be on your way to having backyard chickens in no time.
Incubation allows backyard poultry enthusiasts to hatch chickens and ensure the eggs are developing correctly in a controlled environment.
Incubators are able to control the temperature, humidity and turn the eggs automatically making the egg hatching process stress-free.
While you can incubate eggs any time of the year, spring is considered the best time to raise chickens because of the warmer weather which is ideal for new chicks.
They were as excited as if the swings were for them! Our family and neighbors have enjoyed watching our chickens swing and play.
The Chicken Swing – Fowl Play Products
This is the first chicken swing we installed, and it remains everyone’s (people and chicken’s) favorite.
It’s sturdy and well-built, bright and colorful.
The Chicken Swing is made from plastic and rope, and holds up well in all types of climates.
It was easy to mount.
It’s adjustable for any coop size.
Like with all these swings, you will want to be sure there’s enough space for it to swing freely so it’s safe.
We first installed this swing when we had chicks.
This is key.
You will have much more success with chickens using this when they are adults if they start when they are young.
We made sure it was very low, about an inch off the ground.
The chicks were able to get used to it while they were young, energetic and curious.
As they grew, we raised the swing to 3 – 4″ off the ground.
They still enjoy it to this day.
A concern for all chicken swings is the risk of injury during a vigorous dismount.
The Chicken Swing comes with a fully adjustable cross-member which keeps the swing from twisting when the chickens dismount.
Depending on the area in which you hang it, when the hens have gotten used to it, you may want to put it high enough off the ground so the other chickens can be near it and under it safely, even when it’s swinging.
Two solid poly-pro ropes support the swing.
The perch is shaped like a small mailbox, with a corn-like surface the chickens can grip.
Pros of The Chicken Swing
UV and weather-resistant rope
Easy-to-install rope buckle makes it easy to adjust the height.
Safety side ties
Easy for chicks and chickens to grip and stay on.
Chickens can use it as a perch and a swing.
The perch tongues allow the swing to have more torque, so the chickens can swing easily.
It’s plastic — not wood — so it won’t warp.
It’s easy to clean.
Cons of The Chicken Swing (and all chicken swings)
Some chickens might be afraid of the swing so you may have to train them yourself
You may have better success with your chickens using the swing when you set it up when they are chicks or pullets.
Healthy Chicken Swing Perch
This is a simply chicken swing. It is very easy to install.
Like all chicken swings, its purpose is to keep chickens happy, active and entertained.
This can cost you nothing if you know a little bit of carpentry and you decide to use recycled materials.
However fancy coops that are ready to use can be very expensive, into the thousands, but the average cost of coops is less than a thousand.
Monthly costs can include feeds and other miscellaneous expenses.
If you go for buying chicks you also need to purchase a brooder.
Most families who raise chickens make their own brooder with Rubbermaid container or packing cases.
The size would depend on the number of chicks you decide to raise.
1 square foot of space is needed for each chick.
Consider this computation as you decide on your brooder choices.
You also need to buy waterers and feeders for the brooder and the coop when the chicks are mature enough to be moved to their permanent home.
It is less expensive to raise chickens than a pet dog or cat, plus you will have fresh eggs every morning when the chickens start to lay eggs.
This can offset some of the costs you incurred in raising the chickens in your backyard.
Caring for backyard chickens
Depending on the decision to raise chicks or matured chickens, you need to learn the basics of taking care of both to make sure that the chickens can grow to maturity and they can have a healthy, long life, producing as much eggs as they can for you.