Something to Cluck about this week.
By Dr. Norette L. Underwood
With every one wanting to provide a safe food supply, raising chickens has been a very popular endeavor. So I have gone away from cats and dogs this week to our fine-feathered friend the chicken. Chickens are cool there are many different exotic looking breeds. Many people raise chickens to show, and for meat and eggs. So I have provided some basic facts about raising chickens.
According to Colorado State University, eggs from hens raised at home may contain more vitamins and less cholesterol than other eggs. Before adopting chickens, be sure to check with your homeowners association and any city ordinances prohibiting the raising of livestock.
There are 3 essential topics for chicken care;
The food: Chickens eat insects, worms fruits, grass, kitchen scraps, etc. A proper chicken diet should contain a good amount of protein, vitamins, and minerals. Access to clean water is also essential for healthy chickens. A 6-pound chicken can consume about 3 pounds of feed per week.
The Coop: A well built and secured coop, including a laying box and a run area keep the chickens safe from the elements, as well as from foxes, raccoon, cats, and other predators. There should be 4 square feet of interior space per chicken’
The maintenance: Chickens raised in a backyard are usually very healthy. They spend their time pecking, scratching and quietly pecking. A clean environment is necessary in keeping your chickens healthy and happy. Make sure you routinely clean and disinfect the feeders, watering containers, the coop and the run.
If you have questions about care of chickens you local county extension office is a great resource. You may also contact Dr. Norette L. Underwood of Best Friends Vet Mobile Service and Trumann Animal Clinic at firstname.lastname@example.org