Step 1 – Find a Farm
Step 2 – Make a Chicken House
Step 3 – Find a Water Source
Step 4 – Get Chickens
Step 5 – Make the Chickens both a Closed and Open Area
Tips: When you start your chicken farm, a good animal to get is a maremma dog. This is because they keep away foxes.
And when you get chickens, you might also want to farm cows sheep or pigs. That is because they give you more products
And keep away maremma dogs from the nesting box. That is because they will crack the eggs.
A good breed of chickens to get is an Isa Brown. They will give you lots of eggs for a long period of time.
For your self you might want to grow vegetables in a vegetable garden. Beware though that you keep a fence between the chickens and the vegetables, otherwise the chickens will eat the vegetables.
Chickens like bread but they you can’t give them too much of it because too much is not good for them.
Make sure that you put every single thing close to your house, so you don’t have to walk far.
In the chicken’s DNA they know to go to their house at night. But make sure that you lock them up in the night.
From when you buy the chickens it’s best to buy them as a chick. When they are about 2 months old you can let them out of your own house and into the chicken house.
If you want you can make your own chicken house or buy a chicken caravan 30 or 150 or 450 depending how many chickens you have. The website is here chickencaravan.com
It is best to have free range eggs at your farm because you can sell it for more money.
River Cottage Australia is a very good show to get inspiration from. Here is the link to that show River Cottage Australia
Chicks when they’re born need to be put inside a container with a heat source to keep them warm. They will have to have some time getting used to the environment. First put their container outside so then they can get used to the outside environment when they’re about 2 months old. You can put them into an outside chicken coop. Put them in a reasonable size coop and reasonable size outdoor space. As they get older, they will need at least 4m2 each. If you start off with 4 chickens, you will need at least a 1 litre food container and 1 litre water container. You will need to check it every couple of days. Another good idea is to put a water container outside of the chicken coop so they don’t have to go in and out. You will find they use their inside water more than they do outside. On the top of their run, you can put netting to stop them from trying to fly out. Between your garden and the chicken run, you can put a wire mesh with a wooden frame around it. Chickens fight over food especially if it’s bread or any other treats. Chickens usually stick to one nesting box. Sometimes if there’s another chicken in their favourite nesting box, they will go to a different nesting box, they will choose the right nesting box by how much wood shavings and privacy there is.
Chicken caravans have nesting boxes where they have a privacy flap that they can open and close when they’re coming in and out. They also have an exclusion gate that gently pushes the chickens out at night to stop them from nesting and dirtying the boxes at night. They also have a nice plastic nesting pad instead of wood shavings. The nesting boxes are slanted one way so that the eggs roll down onto a conveyor belt that you can wind in to collect the eggs.
When chickens go into a fight and they start to fly up an peck the other chickens, it will leave a white mark. You can count how many white spots each chicken has. If you’re making a chicken house for yourself, it has to be portable and the run that you give them has to be portable also. If it is not portable, the chickens will eat all of the grass in that contained area that you put them in. You first have to build the skeleton of the chicken coop then you put the wooden walls on. You can cut out windows depending on the size of your chicken coop. Then on any wall you want then cut out a hole then in the hole put wire mesh and on the out side put a wooden frame.
Nesting boxes should ideally have wood shavings or coffee chaff just a plastic nesting mat so that the eggs don’t break when laid.
Calcium is ideal for good laying chickens. The calcium makes the egg shells harder and less likely to crack. You can give them extra calcium by giving them oyster shell grit or crunching up their egg shells – do not give the chickens in tact shells otherwise it may encourage them to peck at their own eggs!
Chickens will always look for a favourite place to lay their eggs. Make sure that there aren’t any better places other than their nesting box, otherwise you will find a whole heap of eggs in that place. This is what prehistoric chickens used to do. They like to find dark places underneath things that don’t move. For example under houses or a cardboard box lying around.