The Benefits Of A Backyard Chicken Coop

If you are keeping chickens in your backyard they need plenty of space to move around, and the number of chickens will largely determine the size and type of backyard chicken coop you use. Backyard chicken coops can either be portable or fixed, and you should consider the pros and cons of each before making a firm decision.

Backyard chicken coops are becoming more and more popular with more people, and there are several advantages to raising chickens in your own backyard. Of course, perhaps the biggest benefit is that you have access to the freshest eggs, and the eggs are also 100 percent natural and organic, and free of any chemical additives, making them much healthier and safer. You are making a small step towards feeding yourself and your family in a safe and healthy way. Chickens also kill the potentially harmful pests that inhabit your backyard and can provide a natural and no cost manure. Your chickens need a comfortable and spacious place to live in return for providing you with these benefits, and coops are easy to find and order online. Once you have the coop kit, they are fairly easy to assemble on the spot.

Assembling one of the backyard chicken coops is easier than you might think, and if you are looking for a perfect hobby or project to do with the rest of the family, this might be it. Although many people who raise chickens in their backyard start out doing it as a hobby, it can actually turn into a profitable business, making money for you and your family. It is possible to make a little extra money on a regular basis from selling the eggs, although you will have to take into account the initial outlay as well as the cost of feeding and caring for your chickens.

For many people, part of the appeal of having their own backyard chicken coop is the opportunity to be somewhat self sufficient and become green and organic. The droppings from your chickens do not need to have any chemicals added to them to make an excellent and all natural fertilizer for the vegetables and plants in your garden. Many flowers and vegetables actually grow to a larger size when fertilized with this all natural fertilizer.

chicken coopsAlthough some chicken coop designs obviously have a number of advantages and benefits, to get the most out of your investment, you will need to maintain your coop and make sure that it lasts as long as possible. A properly cared for coop will provide a safer and healthier environment for your chickens too. Your coop needs to be protected from extremes of weather, such as heat, rain, wind and snow and should be situated on a high area with good drainage.

The walls and roof should be made from high quality covering, and because your chickens will need natural light to survive, good ventilation is essential. You can ensure your coop is adequately illuminated and heated by getting a good quality system installed. You will also need to clean your backyard chicken coop on a regular basis, and building a coop that is accessible and easy to clean will make that job a lot easier. A well built and well maintained backyard coop can mean contented chickens, which can mean better tasting eggs for you and even a source of regular income.…

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The Art Of Breeding Chickens

Breeding Chickens

Over the years, the poultry breeder has attempted to improve his breeding stock, with some level of success and satisfaction as there is gradual improvement in the strains of his breed.

breeding chickensThe strict selection of parent stock is an important factor in attaining this achievement. He uses the records that are kept at his disposal, as well as his practical knowledge about breeding chickens  to arrive at his ultimate decision. The high cost of selection using laboratory techniques, can only be afforded by the very large breeders, the majority of which are domiciled in America. They sometimes however get it wrong, as they strive to push their goals to the limit, even beyond the realms of practical reality. Personal knowledge and skill, are what the small breeder has to totally rely on in most cases.

If selection was based solely on character, then the process would be simple, but this is not the case. Some of the most important factors include: disease resistance, vigour, egg size, shell texture and colour, hatchability, rearability, egg production, quick feathering, body shape and size,  as well as the colour and the depth of the plumage. Intensive egg producers may not view the latter as a priority, but today’s breeders will be  paying attention to this important trait, with the increase in free-range egg production. Since without the breeding or retaining of vigour, the other breeding requirements are of little consequence, then these are considered to be the most important characteristics.

There was a time when many breeders were of the opinion, that the selection of the best cockerels and putting them along with the best hens, was what constituted good breeding skills. They felt that this would result in a equal mixing of the blood lines. However this is the furthest thing from the truth.

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