Keeping Chickens as Pets 0 27

Keeping chickens as pets
Keeping chickens as pets
A pet chicken

Chickens can be wonderful pets for adults of all ages. As consumers, we take chickens for granted, but unless an individual or a family decides to raise chickens, most of us never discover how incredible these birds are. Chickens are a great way for kids to learn how to raise livestock, and chickens are also a wonderful hobby for mentally challenged people.

Chickens are extremely intelligent and social animals. Chickens love to play; they play with each other and will also play with humans. Chickens are very social animals and need lots of company pretty much like we humans do. So ensure that you buy at least a dozen or so chickens. In this way, the chickens will be happy and you will also get used to caring for the chickens as well.

While most chickens are kept on farms to produce eggs and are used for their meat, many chickens are also kept as pets by urban and suburban people. A few decades ago, keeping chicken as pets became very popular. Having eggs that were homegrown also became very popular, and chicken owners also found that chickens got rid of insects and larvae.

If you’re thinking about keeping chickens as pets, there are a lot of things to consider:

For one, you need to make sure that you have enough space for your chickens. Of course, the more space the better. If you are keeping the chickens in a coop, you need at least 10 square feet per chicken. They love to have room to forage. It’s best to have plenty of outdoor space for them, but if you live in an urban area, you will need to keep them confined so that they do not disturb neighbors. If they have a small run area, also keep in mind that they will scratch up the soil and dig holes for dust baths.

Are you able to dedicate the proper amount of time every day to care for your chickens? While they are pretty much low-maintenance pets, chickens do need maintenance and care. If you can’t spend the right amount of time with your chickens, then perhaps they aren’t for you.

If it’s legal to keep chickens as pets in your town, you must consider the neighbors’ approval, especially if they live close to you. It’s a good idea to talk with them to answer any questions or concerns they may have. Your neighbors won’t mind the fresh, free eggs that are in store for them, that’s for sure!

Finally, make sure that you can afford to take care of your chickens properly. It costs money to build coops and purchase the supplies, not to mention buy the chickens themselves. So even though you will be getting “free” eggs, there is a cost to maintaining your brood.

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Breeding Chickens 0 18

Breeding chickens

Breeding chickensBreeding chickens has become one of the most lucrative businesses for many farmers. Raising chickens does not require huge capital as compared to other businesses. Breeding entails a process of raising small chicks until they mature up and start laying eggs.

The first step will entail preparing a house for your chickens. Depending on the number of chickens you have, you need to erect a house where these chickens can rest and hide from potential risk like predators. A well spacious room will allow you to collect the eggs as well as maintaining high levels of cleanliness. Also, you need to equip the house with feeders and water points.

You need to select roosters and hens which will lay eggs. This can be outsourced from breeding firms. Ensure that these chickens do not have any deformities on their bodies. It is recommended that one rooster for every ten hens can greatly enhance high production rates of eggs.

As there are many different breeds of chicken, learn about them before you actually purchase the chicken. Primarily chicken can be segregated into 3 broad categories: pure breeds, egg-laying hybrids, and mixed hybrids. Each has their own special quality. For example, the egg-laying hybrids are bred for the specific reason of laying eggs and have small bodies and not enough mass for them to be slaughtered for their meat.

Feeding the chickens is one of the critical factors when breeding. Proper feedings will facilitate production of high-quality eggs which can hatch chicks. Immediately the hens will start laying eggs. This is followed by marking the dates your eggs are hatched to plan for brooding. Egg marking can be done using pencils and not mark pens to avoid closing air spaces in eggs which allow air circulation.

Since there are two methods of brooding, you can choose the one which suits you better. You can use incubator in case many chicks are required or naturally allow the hen to brood the eggs. The regular time for brooding is only 21 days. The best time to brood hens is in springs since the chicks will mature at autumn.

Take the chicks to the brooder one week after hatching. You should allow the hen to stay with the chicks for one week to teach them on how to feed. During this period, ensure the chicks are supplied with plenty of water as well as chick mash. Vaccination against coccidiosis and Newcastle disease should be done to boost their immune system. Chicks grow strong when they are allowed to exercise and bask on sunlight to obtain vitamin D.

It’s recommended to introduce changes gradually to chicks in order to avoid causing stress to them. After six months the chicks usually reaches maturity, and they need to be released to mix with other flocks. To sustain their health, you should ensure that you provide adequate food as well as water. Vaccination and injection against diseases should be done regularly for mature chickens as well.

How Many Chickens are there in the World? 0 27

How many chickens are there in the world?
How many chickens are there in the world?
How many chickens are there in the world?

Have you ever wondered just how many chickens there are in the world, or even within your own country? If you guessed a couple million, you’re not even close! One billion chickens? Still cold. The truth is that the verified chicken population from across the world totals to more than double our human population, specifically 15,853,900,900 chickens (nearly sixteen billion chickens), according to a 2002 estimate. However, that was just the verified chicken population. Numbers estimated in 2009 have put the number of chickens in the world to fifty billion chickens, with more than nine billion of them within the United States of America.

Considering that the estimate was conducted in 2009, it would be very likely that in 2017, the chicken population has risen even further. With many unreported chickens walking around the world, who knows how many there truly are?

You may be wondering, why are there so many chickens in the world? First off, we must consider the simplicity and ease of a female chicken (hen) in reproduction. All a hen must do is mate with a rooster to get an egg fertilized, where the egg will lay and if properly taken care of, will hatch into a baby chicken. So the process is uncomplicated.

Additionally, there has been a continually increasing demand for chicken as a food, encouraging chicken factories. Did you know that it is estimated that more than 1.25 billion chicken wings were eaten during the 2012 Super Bowl? In 1950, it was expected that the average American would consume 20 pounds of chicken per year, but in 2015, it was estimated that over 89 pounds of chicken was consumed. It is not a secret that we as humans are coming to enjoy and eat chicken more, and as expected, the chicken population has continued to rise substantially. 

There will truly never be a way to count the exact amount of chickens in the world, due to their broad diversity and the fact that there may be small farms and even chickens as pets! The number will forever be rising, as chicken farming as remained as one of the most lucrative industries to accommodate for our human needs and chicken as a staple food across the world. If you have wondered why chickens are getting cheaper as a whole, it’s because the amount of chickens has simply risen. The rising chicken population is simply indicative of what the concept of supply and demand can do for an industry.