Fulfill Your Farmgirl Dreams: 3 Ways To Prepare Your Yard For Chickens

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Parenthood can be a rewarding experience, but chickenhood is a delight in and of itself. However, you can’t just go out, buy some chicks, and plop ’em down in your backyard — there’s a lot to think about and plan out before any money is spent. Here are three things you need to do before you bring your winged children home.

    1. Legalities: Most likely the last thing on your mind, you need to make sure that it’s actually legal to own and keep chickens on your property. Laws and ordinances vary from state to state, and you may also need to pay a fee and obtain a permit (much like when adopting dogs and cats). Some municipalities even perform inspections to ensure that your coops are up to code. Once you have done the research on your particular city or neighborhood, you can start planning your feathery family!

 

    1. Enclosure: This is the fun part — you can think about what kind of chickens you want and how many. Are you raising chickens for their eggs, meat, or just company? Different breeds fulfill different needs so it’s important to find the right ones for you. Additionally, chickens need about two feet of enclosure space each so you’re going to make sure you can offer them the comfort they require; otherwise the stress can overwhelm them and cause illnesses. 
      Next, pick a chicken coop! Wooden chicken coops are durable in addition to being beautiful, especially if you decide to splurge on Amish built chicken coops — Amish buildings and furniture are 100% handcrafted and of exceptional quality, lasting a remarkable time due to the excellent craftsmanship. What better way to welcome your flightless friends to their new home than with a unique wooden chicken coop built just for them?

 

  1. Protection: Chicken wire not only keeps chickens in, it keeps predators out. Depending on where you’re located, you could be surrounded by a veritable armada of sneaky critters, from foxes to neighborhood cats. Most commonly forgotten are the ones from the sky which are powerful enough to swoop down and take an entire chicken with it — don’t forget to cover the top of your enclosure with a screen to stop hawks and birds of prey in their tracks (quite literally).

With these three pointers in mind, you’ll be a happy chicken parent in no time!