There are a number of good reasons to raise your own flock of chickens. Chickens can provide you and your family with a fresh supply of eggs. They can also be kept as pets. But regardless of why you ultimately decide to raise chickens, you should ask yourself a few questions before you do, just to make sure you have all your bases covered before you bring your chicks home.
Am I allowed to have chickens in my backyard?
You don’t want to buy chicks only to find out that they’re prohibited by a local ordinance. There are some communities where it’s illegal to raise chickens. There are others where you’re only allowed to have certain breeds. You might also be limited by the total number of chickens that you can have. It’s a good idea to do your researcher before you commit to buying chicks so that you don’t have to find somewhere else to keep them if you can’t have them on your property.
Why do I want chickens?
As we mentioned earlier, there are many reasons to raise chickens. But before you do, you should spend some time thinking about your primary motivation. Do you want to raise them for their eggs, their meat or their company? Answering this question can help you determine what breeds will work best for you and your family.
What will I feed my chickens?
When you first purchase chicks, you will need to be very diligent about providing them with the right nutrients so they can grow up strong and healthy. If you’ve had experience raising chicks in the past, this shouldn’t be a problem for you. But if you are inexperienced, you should spend some time learning about what chicks eat, how often you will need to feed them, and how their diets will develop and change over time. It’s important to have a good understanding of this from day one.
Have you asked yourself all of the right questions and decided that you’re ready to buy chicks? You can find a wide variety of popular breeds at Chickens for Backyards. You can browse a few of our most popular breeds here, and check out our chick care guidelines to learn more about what your chicks will need when they arrive at your home.