How to raise laying hens?
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Raising laying hens, funny idea or good investment? You like fresh eggs and have a garden, this is an opportunity to get started.
Breeding laying hens does not require special skills and is very simple in everyday life. Here are our tips for successful breeding.
Breeding chickens: how to choose them
Red hen, Alsace hen and Gâtinaise are good layers. They can give you up to 300 eggs a year! But if the hen is a solitary animal, she does not like to be bored. The absence of a company could make her depressed, in which case she would not lay a single egg. Avoid the presence of a rooster, too noisy for your neighborhood. A hen does not need to lay eggs just to fertilize the eggs. Prefer a second layer because 2 hens feed a family of 4.
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Think about the environment of hens
For a chicken farm, you need only 1m2 per individual. They are also curious and like to play sports. Organize routes between tree trunks, sand, earth and grass. Happy hens are productive chickens.
Your garden is however threatened. They will spread their food and scratch the ground, looking for worms. A fence will circumscribe their property.
To make them want to lay, make a cozy box with a plaster egg inside and harvest regularly. Know that after 3 years, a hen lays less and stops completely after 8 years. It is important to know when you are raising laying hens.
The maintenance of laying hens
In the morning, go see your breeding chickens: open their shelter and let them frolic; feed them while they are happy to find you. 75g of kitchen waste per meal is a perfect dose. This disengages your garbage cans and keeps them healthy. Think about cereals and legumes: hens require about 30% protein.
During the day, let your chicks frolic, then protect them at night by putting them away from predators (foxes, cats, rats ...) with a new portion of food. Be sure to clean their shelter once a week.
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