Starting a chicken-farm business requires much more than simply buying some chickens and putting them in a pen. You need to know about the various breeds of chickens and which type you want to raise. You'll also need to know about building a chicken coop, breeding chickens, feeding them and protecting them from predators.
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Research chickens. Any potential chicken-farm business owner needs to find out what chicken breeds are available, what chickens eat, how often they produce eggs and how long they live. A plethora of information about chickens is available online and in books. Consider what you want to accomplish with your chicken-farm business when selecting a breed.
Acquire a flock of chickens from a reputable supplier. Search the Internet for chicken suppliers in your area, ask for referrals from current chicken farmers, or inquire at your local feed-supply store for referrals. Sometimes in early spring, feed-supply stores will offer chicks for sale. If you are considering purchasing your flock this way, be sure to ask well-informed questions about where the chicks came from.
Construct a chicken coop to keep your chickens comfortable and safe. Chicken-coop plans and instructions can be found online. Construct your coop to fit all your chickens comfortably. For example, if you have a flock of 13 chickens, your coop will need to be about 10 feet by 10 feet.
Purchase a rooster to keep with your flock of chickens. Roosters keep the hens safe from predators. Do not have too many roosters in one pen, as they will not get along. Do some research to find out how many roosters you should have in your flock.
Have your flock checked by a veterinarian regularly. Regular checkups will help ensure that your chickens remain healthy and viable for egg production.
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