At OurPets HQ, we share the most extensive guides on select farm animals, birds, and pets. In this section, we have guides on chicken birds covering topics such as chicken breeds, chicken coops, chicken health, and extensive info on caring for chickens.
Our guides will provide chicken care guides and are aimed to assist those looking to keep chickens as farm animals. The guides will answer common questions related to keeping chickens such as “What do I need before getting my first chicken?” or “What is the best way to take care of my chickens?”.
We also include tips on how to build a chicken coop, what type of food to give your chickens, and how often you should clean their living area.
Find out our extensive chicken breed guides.
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One of the new team members, Leah, who recently joined our team at OurPets HQ has been keeping chickens for several years. Though not a breeder recognized by the American Poultry Association, she’s had a number of backyard chickens and learned a lot about chicken care.
Leah will be creating some fantastic guides on everything chicken-related, so keep an eye out for those! In the meantime, check out our existing guides on chicken breeds, caring for chickens, chicken health, and more.
Below is an overview of what to know about Chickens.
Chicken Breed Guides:
There are many different chicken breeds available, and each has its own unique set of characteristics. When choosing a breed, consider the climate in which you live, as some chickens are better suited for cold weather while others do better in warm climates.
Some of the most popular chicken breeds include:
- – Ameraucana: Ameraucanas are a type of egg-laying chicken that originates from the United States. They are known for their blue or green eggs and their friendly dispositions.
- – Ancona: Anconas are an Italian breed of chicken that is known for being excellent layers of white eggs. They are a relatively new breed, having been developed in the early 1900s.
- – Barred Plymouth Rock: The Barred Plymouth Rock is a chicken breed that originates from the United States. It is a dual-purpose breed, meaning it can be used for both egg production and meat production.
- – Brahma: Brahma chicken was developed in the US with imported bird breeds from Asia. They are the largest chicken breed and are known for being excellent layers of large brown eggs.
- – Buff Orpington: The Buff Orpington is a chicken breed that originates from the South East of the United Kingdom. It is a dual-purpose breed, meaning it can be used for both egg production and meat production.
- – Sussex: Sussex chickens are a British breed of chicken that comes in a variety of colors, including brown, black, white, and silver. They are known for being good layers of brown eggs.
Other chicken breeds include;
- Buckeye, Cochin, Cornish, Dorking, Fayoumi, Hampshire, Orloff, Rhode Island Red.
We are currently working on extensive guides to provide detailed information that you need to know about each of the chicken breeds above.
Caring for Chickens:
Chickens are relatively easy to care for and make great pets for both children and adults. They require a safe place to roost (a chicken coop), access to fresh water and food, and regular cleaning of their living area.
When building a chicken coop, make sure to choose a location that is safe from predators such as dogs, coyotes, and foxes. The coop should also be large enough to comfortably accommodate the number of chickens you plan on keeping.
Chickens should have access to fresh water at all times. A water bowl or chicken waterer should be placed in the coop and refilled daily.
Chickens require a diet that consists of both grains and greens. Commercial chicken feed is available at most pet stores and can be supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables.
The living area of the chicken coop should be cleaned on a regular basis to prevent the spread of disease. The bedding should be changed and the coop should be disinfected periodically.
Chickens are relatively low-maintenance pets, but they do require some care and attention. By providing them with a safe place to live, access to food and water, and regular cleaning of their living area, you can ensure that your chickens are healthy and happy.
Chickens are generally hardy creatures, but they are susceptible to a few common health problems. The most common chicken health problems include:
– Bumblefoot: Bumblefoot is a bacterial infection that affects the feet of chickens. Symptoms include swelling, redness, and scabs on the feet. Bumblefoot can be treated with antibiotics.
– Coccidiosis: Coccidiosis is a parasitic infection that affects the intestines of chickens. Symptoms include weight loss, diarrhea, and dehydration. Coccidiosis can be treated with medication.
– Marek’s Disease: Marek’s disease is a viral infection that affects chickens of all ages. Symptoms include paralysis, blindness, and tumors. There is no cure for Marek’s disease, but it can be prevented through vaccination.
Chickens are relatively hardy creatures, but they are susceptible to a few common health problems. By being aware of the most common chicken health problems and knowing how to treat them, you can help keep your chickens healthy and happy.
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