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Whether you want to keep a few chickens or start herding cattle, this Howcast animal farming video series will get you started.
You Will Need
- Chicken coop
- Nesting boxes
- Chicken feed
- Heat lamp
Count your chickens
Decide how many chickens you want. Most hens in full production will lay an egg every day. If you have too many chickens you may not be able to use all the eggs.
Build a coop
Build a chicken coop large enough to accommodate your flock. The coop should protect the chickens from rain, wind, and temperature extremes.
Add nesting boxes
Place nesting boxes in the coop where the chickens can lay their eggs. The boxes should be enclosed and nest-like.
Add adequately spaced and arranged perches to the coop so that the chickens can roost at night. Perches can be made from small tree branches, wooden poles, dowels, or even an old wooden ladder. Place litter under the perches, removing it when it gets soiled.
Feed the chickens layer pellets or grain to maintain egg production. They will eat almost anything, including table scraps.
Provide fresh water in a bowl, checked daily in hot weather.
Install a heat lamp
Install a heat lamp in the coop if you live where winters are cold. This will keep the chickens' water from freezing.