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Chickens

More and more people are making the decision to become a little more self-sufficient and keeping Chickens is a great way to do this! Not only will their eggs taste great, but keeping Chickens is a fantastic hobby!

Chickens are very sociable animals and like company. The male is called a roosters (do not lay eggs), while females are called hens (lay eggs).

Eggs

It takes a hen twenty four twenty six hours to lay an egg - with an average of three hundred eggs a year laid, but, as your hen gets older she will produce fewer eggs.

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The eggs can be different colours white and brown. Young female chickens are known as a pullet, chickens have no teeth so they swallow their food whole. It is important to note that you should only have one male in a group as they will fight for their place.

What to feed your Chickens

A good food for young chicks is crumb, while layers pellets are good for hens and roosters. Hens love red foods such as plums, strawberries and tomatoes. The male is a good provider of food for the female, often getting a spider or a caterpillar and calling the hens to him so they can feed first.

Housing

A chicken has a different call for when it is been approached or attacked by a predator. Chickens are best kept in a chicken coup with a nesting area available for the hens at night time, in order to prevent foxes and other predators from eating them.

Waste 

Your chickens will be smelly, and you will need to clean their coup regularly - but their waste makes for fantastic fertiliser so add it to your compost bin and your vegetable patch will benefit too!

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