By Anne Perdeaux
Chickens are an incredible relations puppy, requiring much less consciousness than a puppy but being interesting, effective and academic. For the kinfolk and would-be smallholder, chickens are the most obvious first step while venturing into retaining cattle. This useful, complete color publication, is perfect for the full newbie. Even a person who hasn't ever stored animals sooner than could be in a position to stick to the transparent, precise assistance that's given at each degree. It comprises: making plans in your first chickens; figuring out chook behaviour; settling on housing for various sized gardens; selecting the right chickens for the task; exploring worthy gear comparable to chook feeder and drinkers; what to feed your chickens on; purchasing your chickens and introducing them to their new domestic; regimen take care of your chickens; outfoxing The Fox - and different predators; eggs - and what to do with them; facing parasites and illnesses; holding a cockerel; broody hens and hatching eggs; whilst Chickens Die; and chickens and the altering Seasons. With true-life images of chook keepers, little recognized proof, and private anecdotes this available ebook is a straightforward and relaxing learn, appropriate for either adults and kids
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If your chickens are confined to a run, you should provide a dust-bath (see Chapter 5). Free-range birds will find a patch of dry soil and make their own bath – it’s a remarkable process to watch. The chicken starts by loosening soil with its beak and feet. A chickensized dip appears, becoming deeper as the bird wriggles down into it. Clouds of dust fly up as the chicken kicks its legs and shakes soil through its wings. After such a burst of activity, there’s a blissful rest (you’ll feel like providing a book and candles), with just the occasional shuffle to tip more dust into the feathers.
Perches Chickens don’t perch comfortably on broom handles! They need 5 cm square perches, with the top edges rounded off. Allow about 25 to 30 cm per bird. Although they often squash up, the lower-ranking hens may not be tolerated too close to their betters and can end up on the floor. Low perches are needed for heavy breeds who can injure themselves by jumping down from high roosts. Manoeuvrability If the housing is to be moved regularly, look for a model with wheels. If possible, try it out for manoeuvrability first.
Extra woodchips are added if the ground starts becoming muddy. The house is cleaned with an antibacterial spray twice a week, but the droppings tray and nest-boxes are cleaned daily in summer and most days in winter. The chickens are regularly wormed and are given apple cider vinegar to promote good health. They also enjoy surplus vegetables from the family’s allotment, where all their waste material is composted. Susannah and family with their hens In return for the care lavished on them, the hens provide around twenty eggs a week in season.
A Family Guide To Keeping Chickens: How to choose and care for your first chickens by Anne Perdeaux