Chickens have full-colour vision, just like humans do.

Equipment for keeping chickens

There are items you’ll need to purchase and have to hand prior to getting your new hens.

Here is a list of things you will need:

  • Housing
  • An area for a run or pen
  • 1 feeder (or more depending on how many chickens you’re keeping)
  • 1 drinker (or more depending on how many hens you’re keeping)
  • Feed bin (safe from pests and vermin accessing it)
  • Layers pellets or mash
  • Oyster grit
  • Feed scoop
  • Bedding
  • Nest boxes
  • A shovel or scoop for cleaning out the coop

A box with food supplements and medical supplies always comes in handy.

These can include:

  • Poultry tonic/spice (vit and mineral supplement)
  • Citricidal (good for colds and coughs etc)
  • Cider vinegar
  • Anti-mite/lice/flea powder (Diatomaceous earth powder is best)
  • Flubenvet or Verm-X for regular worming treatment
  • Vaseline
  • Limestone flour or Davinova C (Calcium supplement)
  • Garlic powder (helps keep hens in good health and also reduces the odour from the droppings).

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