Chicken coops being readily available have made it easier than ever for the average home own to get into raising hens in their own backyard. Chickens are cheap to feed and even easier to care for. Raising hens at home is a great way to save money on the cost of food at your house, not only in the chickens you'll eat but the eggs as well. A laying hen can provide food nearly every day. Though some breeds are known for being bad layers a good laying hen can lay an egg every 27 hours or so. That means that with six chickens you'll likely have six eggs every morning. Though the light does have some bearing in that.
A chicken coop can be purchased from Jayatel as a perfect accompaniment to any person wanting to farm in their yard. It's perfectly sized for two standard sized hens. They've made it easy to get started in raising your own hens at home.
Producing your own food or scaling up production to even include hatching your own chickens to eat some of them is a great way to get less dependant on the super market to provide all of your own food. In a single summer season you can raise enough chickens to feed your family for the winter after processing and still have chickens left over to keep laying eggs through the winter months. In the long run it's a great way to save money and saving money is always a worthwhile expenditure of time.
Keeping Your Backyard Chickens Safe From Predators
Raising backyard chickens is easy and rewarding. But with many communities containing wildlife such as raccoons, foxes, hawks, and other natural predators of chickens, it can be take some work to protect your backyard flock. With a little extra effort in setting up your flock's habitat, you can keep your hens safe and cozy and out of the mouths of these animals.
First, be sure to use hardware cloth instead of chicken wire. It is far more effective at keeping the birds in and unwanted animals out. Next, you need to find out what predators are present in your area. If you have flying predators, such as hawks, you will need to make sure that your chicken coop and run have a roof. This roof could be see through (plexi-glass or hardware cloth) or solid (shingled or corrugated metal), depending on preference. But keep in mind that chickens do enjoy sunshine! You can keep other predators out by creating an underground barrier around the perimeter of your chicken coop and run by burying hardware cloth 12-18 inches into the dirt and then turning it out away from the coop in an L-shape. This will keep such predators as raccoons or foxes or dogs from digging their way into the chicken coop. Another option, though it is more expensive, is to pour concrete around the perimeter.
Having a chicken tractor, or a mobile coop, is a great option for giving your hens more access to your yard. But make sure that this also has a proper covering and that you do not leave the hens in it overnight (unless they are locked into an attached nest box/coop) as it will be vulnerable to predators digging under the outer walls.