A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens: Best Breeds, Creating a by Melissa Caughey

By Melissa Caughey

Chickens make magnificent pets, and Melissa Caughey (author of the award-winning weblog Tilly's Nest) offers the entire info young children have to elevate fit chickens and feature hundreds enjoyable doing it! Caughey stocks her suggestion in an enticing method in order that youngsters comprehend what it capability to maintain chickens and what sort of housing, nutrients, gear, and care the chickens might want to thrive. She additionally indicates plenty of inventive actions certain to spark enthusiasm and mind's eye, akin to talking bird, making a veggie piñata for the flock, and creating a poultry castle within the yard. She even bargains ten egg-centric recipes that children will like to make and devour, together with egg drop soup and Mexican egg pizza.

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Knowing that we had fertilized eggs, we decided to hatch a few in the hope of replacing him with a couple of female chicks. We had no idea how amazing this journey would be. indd 31 12/30/14 9:11 AM D I Y m ( C h i c k e n ) S c r at c M ade h fro A CHICKEN FORT It is always nice to have a place to hide away from the world — a secret place in the yard where the world seems to melt away, where you are content to sit with a chicken in your lap just hanging out. We have one such place in our backyard, a place where some 20-year-old rhododendrons form a tiny alcove, perfect for two little people and a couple of chickens.

You will know immediately if your chicks Here’s what your brooder temperature should be as your chicks grow: are happy with the temperature. If they Week 1 95°F (35°C) heat lamp, then they are too cold. 5°C) Week 5 75°F (24°C) Week 6 70°F (21°C) Week 7 65°F (18°C) — chicks can move outside! huddle together directly underneath the heat lamp, then they are too hot. If they wander freely about the brooder, eating and exploring, then the temperature is just right. 5°C). indd 38 12/29/14 3:43 PM Those Cheeping, Charming Chicks There’s nothing cuter than a bunch of fluff balls running around the brooder cheeping and hopping.

Removable roosts are the easiest to clean. After you clean them, you can place them in a sunny spot to dry. Lining the nesting boxes and the coop floor with linoleum makes cleaning the coop a great deal easier. It is We designed our second coop with plenty of windows to provide ventilation and light. Hardware cloth screens keep out predators. Chicken School We love that our chickens keep washable and also extends the lifetime of the coop. Check flooring stores for affordable linoleum remnants (pieces left over after bigger pieces have been cut).

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