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Looking for an emotional support animal? Chicken coops are your answer.
With the increase of chicken coops in backyards across America, there is no doubt that you and your family can benefit from owning chickens. Owning domestic chickens is great for all animal lovers. They are easy to maintain, can help children learn the value of responsibility, and also provide you with an excellent source of high-quality protein! When choosing to opt for healthier free-range/ cage-free chicken eggs, you are not only making a healthier choice for yourself, but also benefiting the environment by not supporting the chicken industry that negatively impacts climate change, water quality, and harms natural habitats.
The question is – how do you properly maintain the chicken coop to keep your chickens healthy? Unfortunately, while many families are eager to care for their newest additions, they lack the knowledge needed to ensure the proper and ethical care of these precious creatures. But don’t worry, you won’t have to wing it. We’re here to help.
6 step guide that will set you up perfectly to be the best chicken coop owner you can be
1.) Choose your chicken coop
Once you have checked out your local feed store and picked up your new baby chicks, it is time to select a coop. This is very personal to each new-chicken owner, and you have to make the right choice that best fits you or your family’s needs. How many chickens do you want? How much space do you have? Where are you going to put it? All of these factors can play a role when deciding what kind of coop you should get.
2.) Pick out the proper bedding
Picking out the right kind of bedding is going to be critical for the happiness and success of your chicken. There are many different types of bedding as well, so make sure to do your research before you land on any one singular product. If you are getting baby chicks – you will need to get appropriate bedding that is made especially for baby chickens. Common types of bedding include but are not limited to: straw, shavings, sand, recycled paper, pine shavings, and wood shavings. Tip: According to Scoop From the Coop, wood shavings are the most commonly used bedding for chicken coops.
3.) Spread your bedding and add your treatment
If you want to provide the healthiest living environment for your chicken, we recommend adding a bedding treatment. Make sure you follow the instructions on your usual bedding and coat the base with an even layer, about 3 to 4 inches deep. Sprinkle agriFRESH® over the bedding. If your chickens are allowed to roam the backyard during the day, you may notice some odor buildup and problem with flies. However, this can easily be solved by sprinkling some agriFRESH® over the area every once in a while to keep the smell at bay. If you live in a drier climate, you can take an empty household spray bottle and fill it with tap water and spray lightly over the clean bedding just to add a bit of moisture (your chickens will thank you!).
4.) Mix and rake bedding treatment lightly into the bedding
Grab your trusted rake and gently combine your bedding treatment with your vet-recommended bedding until it is evenly distributed. Add an additional 2 to 4 ounces of treatment per week depending on size of area. Reapply every 14 days or when coops and runs are totally stripped.
5.) Clean out the coops and runs completely
It is important to clean out your coops and runs thoroughly. Not only does it help to keep your animals healthy and maintain their vitality, but it reduces odor, decreases the likelihood of disease, and provides a more pleasant living situation for your new feathered-friend. Plus, you’re in luck! One Community Global estimates 5-10 chickens can produce enough fertilizer for an entire vegetable garden for one year! agriFRESH® can also doubles as a compost-booster helping your plants grow stronger at the root.
6.) Enjoy your new feathered-friends!
This 6 step guide will set you up to be an excellent chicken coop owner and equip you to be confident in taking proper care of your chicken. In addition to taking care of your animal through proper cleaning procedures, following a healthy vet-approved recommended diet, needed protection and shelter, you can also give your chickens some much needed love and attention. Treat them nicely, and they will love you forever.