As fun, rewarding, and interesting as raising your own chickens can be, it’s also work! Great and worthwhile work, but work nonetheless. Paying attention to the details while raising chickens in their environment is really important. Being a chicken manager isn’t the easiest or hardest thing you’ll ever do, but it’s worth it! It is a working hobby that provides the companionship of your chickens, nourishment for your famly, and the satisfaction of living a sustainable lifestyle.
As a chicken manager, you have an obligation to maintain a coop or barn for your chickens that is conducive to their health, welfare, and ability to to produce. We’ll discuss this more in detail, but maintaining standards in your coop/barn and for your birds is can be summed up in an acronym I coined early in my career working in the poultry industry: mind the FLAWS of your birds (Food, Lighting, Air, Water, Sanitation) so they can be healthy and flourish. Our birds need each element of the FLAWS. If we fail to maintain any of those basics for our birds, we can expect to see a drop in their egg production, an inability of our birds to grow, or evidence that our birds can’t regulate or maintain their bodies appropriately without intervention. Part of what we’ll do here at iChicken is to introduce you to what I call “Chicken Management 101.” I want to empower you with the information you need to raise healthy, productive chickens that provide years of enjoyment and nourishment for you, your family or your community.
I’m working along with you as I put my knowledge into practice with my chicken coops and my experience. You and I will learn and work together to discover the most effective and best methods to raise your chickens. While there are certainly best practices and best methods for doing some things, you may find that one method works better for you than another. The standards you should be most concerned with are those that show respect for your animals, provide them with a healthy environment, and show mindfulness of their needs. What do you do on a daily basis to make sure the needs of your chickens are met? What best practices do you incorporate into your chicken management? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time,