Easy and Cheap Tips and Tricks for raising Backyard Chickens
What type of chicken should I get? If you are raising backyard chickens, I would highly recommend getting Easter Eggers. They are beautiful and very friendly. But, they are pretty hard to sex, as are most chickens. I have heard great things about Rhode Island Reds too.
What should I do with my baby chicks? Baby chicks can’t live outside until they are at least 7 weeks old, depending on the temperature in your area. So, instead of buying some elaborate thing for my chicks, I just kept them in my bathtub with a heat lamp attached to the shower head. Put tape on the drain, so no bedding will clog it. Fill the bathtub with bedding about four inches high. This worked great for me. The temperature should be at around 95 degrees when first starting, depending on how young your chicks are. Mine were two days old. Once they start getting feathers, you should try to lower the temperature by either moving the heat lamp farther away from them, or just turning the lamp off for a few hours during the day.
What do I feed my chicks and chickens? Give your chicks Chick Food and Chick Grit. Give this to them for about three months. When you are ready to switch to adult chicken food, there is no such thing as Adult Food. You have to pick out the type that is right for your chickens, depending on what you have your chickens for. I use a type of food that helps with egg production. Also, keep giving them Grit. Grit is like little rocks, it helps the digest food.