If you want to acquire a new atypical pet, requiring little maintenance and a lot of advantages, then hens are for you! They also allow you to enjoy good organic eggs.
These last years, urbanites have started to adopt hens in order to feel closer to nature. You should know that a hen lays an average of 300 eggs per year. It is also perfect if you have a garden since it serves as both an insecticide (pecking all insects, snails and slugs) and a fertilizer (excrement enriches the soil), and all 100% natural!
Before adopting a hen, here is some useful information:
How to choose your hen
It is advisable to have more than one hen because hens are gregarious animals. If your hen does not live with at least one coopmate, it will become unhappy and could become depressive. It is also best to choose a young hen. After 3 years, a hen lays much less and after 8 years, it won’t produce eggs anymore. But, you can still offer your chickens a peaceful retreat after 8 years old, as they can live for up to 15 years. You can opt for a breed from your area. If you want eggs even in the winter, choose a breed that is known to lay eggs in the winter, because hens usually produce eggs in the warm seasons. Some breeds are known to be more suitable for small spaces like the dwarf Beijing and the Sabelpoot. Each breed also has its own character: the Batam Beijing is considered calm, Red Hen has a good character and is very endearing... If you only have a few chickens, avoid placing a rooster among them. In general, a rooster needs 8 hens to mate.
Do you have enough space?
For the wellbeing of your hens, it is very important to provide a well appointed and clean shelter. The question of the hen coop is essential because it requires a lot of space and maintenance. It should be placed away from the wind sun and extreme heat. Also make sure to install a nest in a quiet location and a perch. Finally, it is essential to clean it at least 2 times per month.
You should also know that a hen can not stay all day in the barn. They love to walk and inspect gardens. It takes approximately 40m2 minimum for 2 hens. Be sure to mark their path with a fence.
Now you know almost everything! Feel free to request additional information from professional breeders!
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