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What Can Having a Chicken Do For You?

 

What can chickens do for you?

 

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Children can participate in all chicken-related chores!

Did you know that a chicken is easier to take care of than a dog? You don’t have to walk a chicken, you don’t have to give it a bath, it won’t dirty up the house, or break any valuables. All you have to do is make sure that they have food and water and of course that their coops are clean of droppings.

The kids would have to go out and get the eggs that have been laid, but every child could use a little responsibility. Some chickens, as long as they are in a happy environment, can produce up to 300 eggs a year! Think of all that money you could save!

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 Chickens are a great way to meet people and start conversations!

People are naturally curious about people who raise chickens. From brief conversations with the Rural King cashier who is curious about why you are buying a case of generic corn. Chicken-talk is fun. People ask genuinely interested questions. (Most frequent question: Do you have to have roosters to get eggs? Answer: No.)

 What do you do with all that waste?

So you’re thinking my back yard is going to be full of waste. What can you do with that waste? Do you have flowers in the front yard that could use a little help after this harsh winter? Put the chicken poop around your flowers. Are you going to be starting up a veggie garden? They could use some fertilizer as well!

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Also, view our Brinsea and GQF lines for all your chicken needs.

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There is something about have your own flock of Chickens that does the family good.  You can get quite a bit of enjoyment from raising your flock not to mention the fresh eggs you get along with a supply of fresh meat if you decide to.  You can use the flock to teach responsibilities to young members of your family.  From taken daily care of the flock to raising 4-H projects for the fair.  Rural King has all your needs for starting and taken care of your flock.  Your local store has several different breed on hand plus you can always order exotic breeds for 4-H projects.  We carry Starter Feed, Layer Crumbles along with many other feeds or treats.

When starting your flock, remember to keep your Chicks at the proper temperature. Chicks need to be at 90 to 100 degrees for the first week.  You can drop the temperature 5 degree each week until the chicks are 6 to 8 weeks old.  You can tell if the area is too cold or too warm by watching your chicks.  If your chicks are grouped closely together under the light, then it is too cold.  If the chicks are spread out unevenly trying to get a way from the light it is too hot.  If the Chicks are spread out even within their area, then the temperature is just right.  Remember Goldilock’s when it comes to your chicks, not too cold, not too hot but just right.  You can get everything you need from Brooder Lamps, Heat Bulbs, Feed, Waterers and Feeders at your local Rural King.

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