Chickens communicate with more than 24 vocalisations, each with a distinct meaning, including warning their friends about different types of predators or letting their mothers know whether they’re comfortable.
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:
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
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)
Anti-mite/lice/flea powder (Diatomaceous earth powder is best)
Flubenvet or Verm-X for regular worming treatment
Limestone flour or Davinova C (Calcium supplement)
Garlic powder (helps keep hens in good health and also reduces the odour from the droppings).
About Clucks & Chooks
This site has been designed to offer tips, advice and a guide to keeping hens. When I started out on the daunting task of preparing for life as a hen keeper (for eggs and as pets) I struggled to find information on the web and often found myself submitting questions on hen keeping to numerous forums. I am in no way an expert but I want to offer nuggets of advice which I have picked up along the way on areas which I have experienced and had to deal with. Hopefully you'll find this of some use.
With the recent recession affecting a lot of people, self-sufficiency is becoming more of a popular thing and keeping chickens can offer a valuable source of food and nutrition whether its from the eggs they produce or the chicken themselves.