each hen will lay 3 - 6 eggs per week, depending on breed and conditions, so the number of hens is up to you.
Do I need 1 nest box for each hen?
No. 1 nesting box for every 3 to 4 hens is ideal.
Why raise chickens?
Reason # 1 – Chickens Love Leftovers. A chicken’s appetite is incredible. They can eat almost everything, even their own kind! You can now say bye-bye to those unwanted leftovers being left to rot in your fridge. You feel less guilty about having to throw them out into the garbage can. Plus, you can save on chicken feed. But be very careful with what you give for it may be their last supper. Tone down on the onions and garlic.
Reason #2 – Eggs and Meat! Who doesn’t love eggs? Have them boiled, scrambled, sunny side up, etc. Admit it, pets that live comfortably inside your houses don’t give anything more than barks, meows, purrs, and sometimes, chirp. Fishes, in general, can be eaten, but who would want to eat Goldie? None of these domesticated animals produce something edible. Well, chickens, on the other hand, have lots of benefits. One of the many benefits chickens give is their egg. You can eat fresh eggs right from the source. Either raw (good for pregnant women) or cooked, eggs taken from chickens minutes or hours ago are more tasty and nutritious than those purchased in the grocery store. You’ll notice the texture and color is way different than that of the fresh ones.
Reason #3 – Source of Natural Fertilizers. Your lawn or backyard could’ve never looked better. Chickens love to freely walk around. Chickens also love to peck on anything they see that can be considered as food. And what is food to them? Possibly anything that’s organic. If you let your chickens roam around your space, you’ll find out how reliable they can be. They eat pests living in your backyard – grubs, beetles, insects, earwigs, and anything that comes close. After the digestion has set its due, they will transform what they’ve eaten into a treasure called natural fertilizer. And you know what natural fertilizers do right? They keep the soil healthy for plants to grow.
Reason #4 – Low Maintenance Pets. Unlike dogs that need combing and brushing everyday to keep their fur alive and shiny, chickens doesn’t need such soulful treatment. All you have to do is provide them their daily needs like food and water. You also have to clean their pad at least twice a month and change the beddings too. In return, you can gather all the eggs. Aside from just gathering, you can also start a small business of your own by supplying poultry stores with fresh eggs or chicken meat.
Reason #5 – Grass and Weed Clippers. Got that right. Now you can save on mowing your own lawn by getting yourself chickens. For chickens, grasses, weeds, and leaves are treats. It’s like a lifetime dessert offering. It’s like having a cow in your own backyard. They will dig through whatever it is without even complaining about the hard work. Chickens will clip it then clean it all at the same time.
What size coop should I get?
We recommend a coop size of 2 sq. Ft. per hen and a pen with 5 sq. Ft. per hen for foraging.