Preparation for Beginners

brown pet chicken in gardenWhen I first made the decision to keep hens, I realised that there's a fair amount of preparation required and I know for some beginners, it's difficult knowing where to start.

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Planning for the new arrivals
Even though hens are low maintenance in relation to livestock and pets in general there are a number of things you need to consider before taking that big step. more

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Housing
Depending on where you plan on keeping your hens, whether in your back garden or on an allotment, there are a variety of shelters to choose from. more

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Choosing your chickens
It can be difficult initially sourcing hens but they can be bought from breeders, local keepers and farms. You need to know what to look for when choosing a hen. Some of these things can be found out by asking the breeder/keeper. more

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Equipment for keeping chickens
There are items you'll need to purchase and have to hand prior to getting your new hens. more

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Feeding
There are a variety of foods to give your chickens. Here's some information on the different types of chicken feed, what other supplements are required and what treats you can give them. more

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Top Tip

Raw potato is poisonous to chickens!
Remember to always cook potato peelings or potatoes before feeding it to your chickens!