Raising hens it requires a constant and daily commitment but manages to give great satisfaction with the production of fresh eggs of safe origin: our garden! We told you about the laying hens because they are the most productive, in this article we have explained how raise chickens on the ground or in a play. Today we see other practical tips for raise chickens.
It is important that the hens have an appropriate shelter equipped perches (wall steps) or a layer of litter at least 10 cm high, the litter must be clean and dry. In the autumn months, the hens are resting so egg production is interrupted or drastically reduced. At all times of the year, the hens must be left outdoors for at least a couple of hours, they will return independently to the hen house as the day gets dark. The chicken coop must be installed in a ventilated area.
How to know when to change the litter box?
When the shavings from the litter stick to the shoes or feet of hens, it means that it is necessary to act with the addition of another two centimeters of shavings or straw. To preserve the litter and avoid the onset of parasites, it is best to ventilate the chicken coop by keeping it as open as possible during the hottest hours of the day (from 10 to 16).
Raising hens, nutrition
Raising hens it requires a daily commitment because they need to be fed twice a day. It is not recommended to buy special feeds to stimulate egg production, it is better to buy ground mixtures. It is possible to mix the feed with dry bread left over from lunch soaked in water. During the winter months, especially in the countries of Northern Italy, temperatures can be very cold, be sure to add straw to the shelter and remember that when it's cold the hens will need more food. Other leftover food that you can give to the chickens are cauliflower leaves, cabbage, canola and other uncooked vegetables. The availability of water is also fundamental, in winter it will be your concern to make sure it is in liquid form and not frozen.
Raising hens, the eggs
Egg production is also influenced by the hours of light available to the hens. If you have the possibility, you can set up a system for lighting integration. In this case, the light will only need to be turned on in the morning to ensure that the texture is natural. To maximize egg laying, 14 hours of light are needed.
If it's yours first breeding, after setting up the shelter, the mangers and drinking troughs, you must provide the hens with places where they can lay eggs. You can buy nests and add short straw or wood shavings or create nests out of old wooden or plastic crates. Collective nests that allow the simultaneous laying of several hens should also stimulate instinctive laying.
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