We have raised backyard chickens for about five years now. Our first group of chickens were already full grown when we brought them home about five years ago so they really required nothing but food, water, and a safe place to live and sleep. We only have one of those original chickens still living so we decided it was time for more so this spring we brought home four baby chicks that were only four weeks old and that meant we had a lot to learn in order to take care of them properly.
The first thing we learned was that they still needed heat. For the first week of a chicks life the temperature needs to be about 95 degrees. The temperature can be decreased by five degrees every week after that so this meant that at four weeks old they still needed to be kept at a temperature of about 80 degrees. Considering the temperatures were still dropping every night this meant keeping the heat lamp on them for a while. Lucky for us this was not a problem since we already had the heat lamp set up in the coop from the winter.
Having backyard chickens is a wonderful experience that we have never regretted. The only thing left now is to wait about 3 more months for them to start laying eggs...
If you are interested in raising chickens or learning more about raising chickens, my favorite resource is a website called BACK YARD CHICKENS. They have all the information you need to learn just about anything and everything related to raising backyard chickens.
Welcome! I'm Kathie, an educated, happily married mother and step-mother to four adult children. I wholeheartedly believe in creating and living a simpler, happier, and healthier life in this stressful and modern world! I work at creating a simpler life in ways that are as economically wise and environmentally conscious as possible. Please join me on my journey:-)