Reduced egg production, deformed eggs, feather picking, and other unwanted behaviors can happen if you don’t feed your chickens enough.
So in this post, I talk all about how much to feed your backyard chickens. We’ll also look at some potential problems that can happen while feeding, and what you can do, so your chickens can be happy and healthy.
Chickens need specific diets at different stages of life. High-quality commercial feeds make sure that chickens get all the nutrients they need every day.
At six weeks of age, when your chicks (now becoming “pullets”) are done with their chick starter feed, a grower feed should be introduced. The grower feed I like to use, and my chickens seem to love more, is the Prairie’s Choice Non-GMO Backyard Chicken Feed from Amazon. This type of feed is meant to support growth until they reach adulthood.
Chickens usually sleep on roosts, not their nesting boxes. Yet, chickens will sleep in the highest place they can get to. So if the nesting boxes are higher than the roosts, then the chickens might choose the nests to sleep in.
This is a problem!
When they roost at night, chickens poop a lot!
Chickens will usually only poop in their nesting boxes when they’re sleeping in them at night. And it gets really dirty in there, very quickly!
This is really not great for the chickens’ health. And who wants dirt and pooped covered eggs? Yuck!
In this post, I’m going to tell you a little more about why chickens sometimes sleep in their nest boxes, and what to do about it.
The fox is an easy predator to protect against, even though they’re really smart and fast.
But it only takes one careless mistake on your part, like forgetting to lock up the coop, for the fox to have a tasty chicken dinner.
A fox will sneakily watch the coop, run, and yard until they have the opportunity for a quick attack. You might not even see the attack. But all of a sudden, you’ll notice that one or two of your chickens have disappeared mysteriously.
So here’s how to prevent this from happening to your chickens.
But most snakes are too small to be predators of adult chickens. But deaths and injuries still do happen, like when a snake tries to swallow the chicken by the head and gives up because the chicken is too big for it. Again… GROSS!!!
Instead, snakes tend to be predators of young chicks and they’ll eat the eggs.
If I’m going to spend time and money to raise chickens, I’m definitely not going to be willing to feed my chicks and eggs to snakes!
So here are some QUICK TIPS on what to do if you spot snakes around your backyard chickens.
Wild chickens, which are actually called junglefowl, are amazing egg-laying birds. Of the four types of junglefowl, the red junglefowl (native to Southern Asia) is the main ancestor of the domestic chicken.
The breeding season of the red junglefowl is spring and summer. During those two months, the junglefowl will lay an egg almost every day (Resource: University of Michigan, Museum of Zoology).
Red junglefowl will only lay eggs during these two seasons because chicks have more of a chance to survive when they start their lives in warm weather.
The short answer to this question is that the Rhode Island Red can lay three to five large brown eggs per week.
But that’s only when it’s laying season and they’re in their prime!
Even though Rhode Island Reds are known to lay about 250 large, brown eggs per year, their age, season (how much light they’re exposed to), health, and living conditions will all have an effect on how often Rhode Island Reds will lay eggs.
But, overall, the Rhode Island Reds lay eggs very well. In production and continuity, it’s almost impossible to find a better breed.
Activities which involve handling and restraint of chickens are likely to happen during animal health emergencies. Having a basic understanding of chicken behavior and humane restraint methods will help keep the chicken safe and secure.
By holding chickens poorly, you can stress or injure them. Beaks and claws can also cause you some injuries. So follow these tips to keep your chickens from panicking and getting hurt.
The method of retraining a chicken below leave one hand free for examination.
During the winter months, one of the biggest problems faced by backyard chicken owners is a drop in egg production. Maybe not all of your hens will stop laying, but the daily yield will be significantly less.