If you’re thinking about raising chickens in your yard area, you might want to do a quick check on whether you can do so in your city. Certain city councils are pretty strict when it comes to rearing animals, especially livestock, at home. Chickens are usually permitted in rural areas though, so that shouldn’t be a problem if you’re staying in those places. Regardless, it will be smart to consider a couple of things before you actually go ahead and build a chicken coop.
With some 4 years of rearing chickens, you could say that I’m pretty experienced when it comes to raising and caring for them. First things first though. You have to be dedicated when you keep chickens because their health can be rather fragile if not taken care of properly. Chickens aren’t as resistant to diseases as say the usual household pets like cats or dogs. Plus, you’re depending on your chickens to give you eggs on a daily basis so they’ll need to be at their optimal health before they can lay any high quality eggs. There’s a huge difference in taste too between factory produced eggs and those that come fresh from farms.
Before you build your coop, make sure that you have a sufficient space in your garden or your yard. It tends to get a little messy too with all the woodwork involved. Sawdust and splinters will be all over so keep your kids away! You’ll also want to get a good set of chicken coop plans before actually building one though (I recommend tomschickencoopplans.com for some of the best and highly detailed plans). Depending on how many chickens you’re planning on raising, you should keep the chicken coop sufficiently large so that none of its inhabitants will have to fight over space. Chickens aren’t territorial in nature but if their eggs are at risk of being trampled upon, fights could over out.
Because each coop of say 5 chickens could probably produce up to 3-4 eggs on a daily basis, you should ideally build a larger coop that can accommodate say 10 chickens if you want to run a semi-successful egg business. Raising chickens for their meat could be possible too, but it gets a lot harder and messier to deal with. The entire process of procuring meat from your chickens can be quite horrific if you’ve not dealt or seen it before. Personally, I’ve only kept chickens for their eggs, which I collect from my coop every morning. It would help to collect them daily so that the eggs are still as fresh as they can possibly be.
Egg vendors would be willing to pay a lot more for eggs that are harvested fresh every morning than those that have been left in the chicken coop for days at end. Also, you should note that only hens can lay eggs, so if you are not planning on breeding your chickens, you might want to raise hens instead of mixing them up with roosters. If you want to get a little extra income from your little venture, you could harvest your chickens’ poop from inside the coop to be sold or used as fertilizer.