FAQ Raising Chickens in
your own Backyard
The article FAQ Raising
Chickens below gives those who are starting off
keeping backyard chickens, or homestead chickens and are wanting to
know the basics in raising chickens some comprehensive questions to
answers you may have had.
By Adrian Higgins
hens need a rooster to lay eggs?
often do chickens lay?
A. A well-fed hen usually lays one egg per
chickens lay year-round?
A. Typically, no. Egg production falls off
as winter approaches and resumes in the spring.
A. Only when alarmed or laying an egg.
long do chickens live?
A. About seven years.
chickens lay eggs their whole life?
A. They are most productive when they are 2
and 3 years old, and then laying declines markedly.
do you get chickens, and how much do they cost?
A. They are available from Amish and other
rural farmers markets as well as from breeders advertising on the Web.
Laying breeds such as Rhode Island Reds or Sex-links, as opposed to
fancy breeds, typically cost between $5 and $15 each. Buy chicks that
are old enough that their sex is apparent so that you don't unwittingly
purchase a rooster.
chickens good for the garden?
A. Yes and no. They will scratch garden
beds, dislodge plants and eat seedlings. But they will devour bugs and
slugs, and their manure and bedding make great ingredients for the
do you protect chickens from predators?
A. Both the hen house and run should be
fenced with chicken wire and covered with netting or wire to prevent
hawk attacks. Raccoons and foxes will dig to get into coops, so you
will need to bury the fence at least 12 inches.
chickens smell? A. If the
coop and run are left uncleaned, yes. Occasional removal of droppings
and placement of fresh bedding (pine shavings work well) will keep the
hen house odor-free.
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