Its no doubt that a lot of people across the land are getting into chicken farming. They are different reasons for this such as the state of the economy, people are looking for more convenient ways of making a living. Whilst others just like having chickens as pets in their backyards.
When it comes to chicken farming there are a lot of things to consider before you get started. One of the most important things to prepare is the equipment used in chicken farming. The last thing you want is to bring chickens to an empty home.
1. Chicken Housing – Just like any other livestock chickens need is place to call home. They need a place to go and rest or probably talk about the days events. Chickens will also lay their eggs in their home and be protected from extreme weather like heavy rain and heat. Chicken houses can be made by livestock barns, a chicken coop or even a chicken tractor.
2. Poultry Equipment – When talking about poultry equipment we looking at equipment like poultry feeders, chicken waterers and nesting boxes. The type of equipment to buy depends on the age and number of chickens you have. Young chickens need their own equipment whilst older chickens need different equipment as well.
3. Second Hand Poultry Equipment – Buying used equipment can save you a lot of money if you are on a budget. You can get very affordable poultry equipment from animal auctions and even on Craigslist. Not forgetting your local newspaper and farmers magazines.
4. Chicken Feed – Now please make sure that before you order your chickens there is food ready for them to eat. When chickens usually arrive in a new home the first thing they like doing is eat. And you should note that chickens eat different kinds of food. The food they eat is determined by their age. Young chickens don’t eat the same food as older chickens.
5. Storage Equipment – By storage equipment we mean containers that will store your chickens food and grain. The storage equipment will also help in keeping other animals away from your chicken feed. These containers can also be kept in your chicken house so you can easily access to when feeding your chickens.