This year has been filled with a lot of learning experiences for us on our urban chicken farm. We’ve increased our flock from about 25 chickens to 50 chickens. We’ve learned some alternatives ways of providing food, and how to sustain their health. Over the course of this summer, here are my top 3 tips:
- Utilize a box cage in your chicken coop to grow veggies for your chickens to eat throughout the summer. This summer I tried something different, which I saw on the internet, and put in the external caged area of our coop. This allow grass and weeds to freely grow, and the chickens would be able to nibble at them throughout the summer. About half way through the summer, then I rotated the cage to a different area, which allowed them to have full access to all the grass that had grown. Now the caged area is protecting a section of the chicken coop that is growing new grass. This makes for the chance for your chickens to get free veggies all year long.
- Utilize wood shavings to reduce smell & moisture in the coop – since connecting with our neighbor on building customized chicken coops we have been able to utilize the wood shaving in our coop. This in turn has made the smell more manageable and keeps moisture down. This in turn has reduced that amount of debris on our eggs. That in turn has reduced the amount of work we have had to do in cleaning our eggs. It is a win/win for us and our chickens.
- Incubate your own eggs – wow! What an experience! If you have your own chickens and little kids, then your kids will get a lot of enjoyment out of watching your own chickens hatch! There is something about watching a chicken hatching out of it’s shell that is truly amazing. Try it!
Anyhow, these are just a few of the tips I had from this past summer, that might go a long way in you enjoying raising your own backyard chickens!