What to Know to Begin Raising Chickens (Video)

Once a new flock owner herself, Marsha has tips for what new chicken owners should know to keep from getting in over their heads.

Long-time flock owner Marsha talks with Hank Will about what anyone interested in raising a flock of backyard chickens should know.

As with any animal, chickens require unique care. They grow quickly from chick to hen, so before you take in too many, make sure you have a large enough coop for them to fit comfortably. And don’t forget that caring for chickens not only means giving them a healthy diet of enough food, water, and nutrients, but also cleaning up after them and keeping their coop neat and tidy.

Chickens are not self-sufficient animals. They require thoughtful care to stay healthy. But they are also useful, loving birds, and well worth the work.

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