Caring for your chickens.
Whether you're a first time owner or have looked after chickens or birds before, there's always lots of new tips and tricks to learn. And because every breed and bird is different, sometimes it takes a bit of trial and error to get things perfect for your flock.
Read some of our most commonly asked questions about how to look after your chickens and some useful information about their nature and behaviour. If you have any questions about caring for your chooks, don't be afraid to get in touch - we're always on-hand with some friendly advice.
Frequently asked questions
What do chickens eat?
It’s important to feed your chickens a wholesome diet, it’ll not only keep them healthy but can also help improve the quality of their eggs.Here’s our tips on what to feed your chickens, and how to give them a healthy and varied menu
Starter Feed - This is for you chicks, it has higher protein content to help them grow
Grower Feed - Once your chicks get to 6 weeks old, you want to move them to this lower protein mix until they are ready to layer
Layer Feed - Once your chickens are starting to lay (from around 20 weeks) they are ready for this mix which has extra calcium added to it
Can my chickens and other birds live together?
How do I protect my chickens or birds from foxes?
Use strong wire mesh or multiples layers of wire, as a fox can chew through a single layer of standard chicken wire
Check the perimeter regularly to look for any signs a fox has tried to get in, or any damage to your coop - and fix any issues straight away
Consider installing sensor lights in your yard or garden, as this will startle foxes when they trigger them
Don’t attract foxes by leaving out bins or rubbish bags near your flock
Don’t let your birds out too early either, foxes are still be hunting at dawn - like we said, they're always watching!
How often will my chickens lay eggs?
How many eggs your chickens lay will depend on lots of factors, such as the breed of chickens, the age and their health. Some chickens will lay almost everyday, whereas some might only lay once or twice a week. Hens start to lay at around 18 weeks of age. The first eggs may be tiny and some eye wateringly large!!
Are any foods poisonious to chickens?
Yes - there's lots of foods which you should avoid feeding your chickens. Here’s a few common foods to avoid:
What bedding should I use in my coop?
Straw - Very comomonly used, but you must change it regularly as it can become mouldy quickly
Hay - Is a NO NO, it gets too warm and harbours pesky pest that will agitate the bird.
Hemp - There’s lots of benefits to choosing hemp bedding, it’s absorbent and can act as a natural pesticide
Wood shavings - Shavings are ideal as they are highly absorbent and hygenic, and not too expensive
Newspaper - It’s not very durable, so is only a good temporary solution
How many eggs do chickens lay?
Depending on the breed of chicken the amount of eggs they lay will differ. Hybrid breeds will lay over 300 eggs a year, whilst the more ornamental breeds can lay as little as 50.
How easy is it to keep chickens?
Like any "pet" chickens are a commitment. They need fresh food and water daily, and a clean and dry house.