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What Do I Need To Get Started With Backyard Chickens?

Updated: Dec 27, 2022

Are you ready to embark on the exciting journey of raising chickens? There’s no denying that chickens make excellent companions, so why not invite them into your family! But before you get too far ahead of yourself, there are a few things to consider. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what essential supplies and tools you need to get chickens off to a great start. From feeders and waterers to coops and runs, we’ll cover everything you need to know before diving in head first! So grab your chicken-rearing hat and let’s get started!


Bare Necessities


Chicken keeping doesn't need to be complex when you are just starting out.


We go into much greater detail on each of the following topics on this site. But in short, to get yourself started, you will need to get the following:

  • A coop

  • A run (if your chickens can’t free-range)

  • Chicken feed

  • Feeders

  • Waterers

There are some basic necessities when it comes to chicken keeping. Chickens need things like a chicken coop to keep them safe at night, feeders to reduce food waste and protect their food against scavengers like rats, waterers to keep them hydrated, and a run if you don’t want to or can’t let them free-range.


If your chickens are in a run you will also have to consider some extra equipment like mirrors and chicken swings to stave off boredom.


These are the bare basics you’ll need equipment-wise to keep chickens. You can always expand from here, however; if you’re planning to hatch chicks, for example, you will need a few extra pieces of equipment like a brooder and an incubator.


Other Basic Considerations


Once you have all the necessary equipment set up, you’ll need to make sure your chickens are healthy and thriving. A few things to keep in mind for this include making sure their diet is balanced, providing them with adequate exercise opportunities, scheduling regular check-ups with a vet, and monitoring the temperature of their environment.


It’s also important to ensure that the living conditions are suitable for your chickens. Make sure to keep a storage area for feed and treats, as well as appropriate nesting boxes for when they lay eggs. Additionally, be mindful of the type of bedding and substrate used; it should be comfortable enough for them while still being easy to clean and maintain.


The Joy of Raising Chickens


Once everything is set up properly and your chickens are healthy, take some time to enjoy them! Consider taking them on an outdoor adventure or setting up an interactive activity like obstacle courses or scavenger hunts in the yard—the possibilities are endless. Invite your friends over (with social distancing measures in place) or organize a get-together with other chicken owners so you can share tips and tricks.


Chicken keeping doesn't have to be overly complex when starting out; just remember these basics and have fun along the way! If you are able to provide these basic necessities, you will have everything you need to be a successful chicken owner.


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