Do you like the thought of farm fresh eggs from your own laying hens? They can be difficult to get depending on where you live. You can raise chickens for eggs in your own backyard and enjoy the same fresh egg experience. This is a guide about raising chickens for eggs.
Every week, people usually spend $3 on eggs. Now that may not sound like much but it adds up! So, my family and I have decided that we are going to get chickens. Chicken feed costs $15 for a fifty pound bag. That lasts two months. Also we are getting four chickens, which will give us 20 eggs a week! And all we'll have to pay is $15 every two months. I don't know about you, but we are sticking with fresh, organic, CHEAP eggs.
This was our first experience raising chickens from chickens. I honestly felt like a new mom...completely in awe of all the changes they went through in such a short amount of time.
After our chicken's last broody episode we thought that she had quit laying eggs. When my husband was moving things around in their coop, he made a funny discovery. She had been laying her eggs in a hidden place behind their hen house. :)
Raising chicks is easier than you think and can be very rewarding. Besides being a fun family activity, your family will also benefit from healthier eggs than you will find at the grocery store.
Starting around week 5 we noticed that our girls were trying to roost on anything and everything that was available.
The summer heat seems to affect everything, even our eggs! A while back it got over 103 degrees F and I had one chicken go into heat stroke because she had decided to start going broody that day. I got an emergency crash course in reviving and stabilizing a chicken in severe heat stroke.
There are numerous predators in our neighborhood that could easily dig under the edges of our coop. This is how we addressed that issue.
My hen hasn't laid any egg for a few days now. She is so lethargic that she often spends most of the day squatting either in the laying box or in a shady spot in the garden. It seems she suffers from diarrhea; her stomach is soiled. I've already bathed her with warm water.
By malylo8 from London
Do check with your veterinarian but it is not because you can buy eggs all year round in the supermarkets that hens are not birds and birds don't lay eggs at fall.
Hens do stop laying eggs as the amount of sunlight per day decreases that is why in the industry they are kept all year round under artificial light and that is why the egg is the symbol of the Easter feast, Easter is the time when hens will begin to lay eggs again, this is if they are let to live a natural life.
You should also check that your hen has enough dry food (wheat ...) and that it is not eating too much wet vegetables. Check also that she has enough sand or tiny little gravel to eat as hens need them to digest. Your hen also needs a not too cold but most of all completely dry place to live. You could also give your hen a cuttlefish bone which provides extra calcium.
Maybe she has an egg she can't pass but if she has diarraha you need to take action quickly or you'll lose her. Do you give them antibiotics? Fowl catch everything coming around the block. Maintenance is very important. You should pull her from flock because the rest will definately know she's not up to par and will pick on her.
Just read the newsletter on chickens. Very interesting I might add but my question is: did these ladies let their chickens roam the yard or did they have them penned up? I live in the country and thought I may get a few for eggs. Plus you could eat the chickens too. Thanks in advance.
We have a smallish back garden (70' x 35') and our four girls have a shed, a covered area and a fenced in area across the width at the bottom of it. I like them free in the garden, but they do leave a lot of poop - particularly near the back door, where they like to congregate for treats!
I have chickens that have a covered pen that they go into at nite. Skunks are our problem. Daytime our older chickens get to roam another part of the enclosed fenced in yard but not covered. Then another section is for our garden that is enclosed also separately. If you keep their wings clipped they can't fly into the garden. I grow more then what we eat so the chickens can have it. Plus when we're finished with the garden then they can have at it. They love it, and so do we. No more weeds to pull, besides that they fertilizer it also for next summer.
Mother Earth News has done testing on free range chicken eggs vs. the normal store bought eggs and the differences are remarkable. Their new chicken and egg page has test results and information on raising chickens. Basically free range chickens are chickens that are allowed to walk around, peck, eat grass, weeds and insects plus chicken feed as opposed to those that spend their lives in a tiny pen. How many of you out there have your own chickens?
I use to raise a lot of poultry,chickens ,ducks,pheasants,once a few geese.My chickens had the run of the farm.Raised both laying hens and broilers.
Had a coop when I was a child living on some land. Now a suburbanite and have a handful of pullets. Lots of cheap fun.
Two RIRs and two EEs.
I am looking for ideas on how to raise chickens in your backyard. We have raised lambs, and they are very tasty. Now we are trying our hand at raising chickens for 3 reasons:
We started this endeavor with 21 chicks from the feedstore. We are in the process of building the coop. I am looking for ideas to get the most for our money.
By Lindsay from Parowan, UT
Although I live in the suburbs I enjoy Mother Earth News. Their website often has articles on raising chickens.
Do you break-even raising chickens for eggs? What are the important things I need to know? My partner wants to also eat them for meat, but I know I will fall in love with them.