Factoid

Chickens dream just like we do. They experience REM (rapid eye movement) during sleep.

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:

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  • 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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