A Basic Guide to Raising Chickens

A basic guide to raising chickens. Raising chicks is easier than you might think — especially if you let a mother hen do the work for you. Includes tips on housing, feed and management of baby poultry, including chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese and guinea fowl.



A basic guide to raising chickens. This breed of chicken, a silkie, is known to have a strong instinct to hatch eggs.
A basic guide to raising chickens. This breed of chicken, a silkie, is known to have a strong instinct to hatch eggs.
Photo by Istockphoto/Irina Igumnova
A metal stock tank provides a sturdy, draft-free environment for chicks.
A metal stock tank provides a sturdy, draft-free environment for chicks.
Photo by Istockphoto/Craig Veltri
Newly hatched chicks can survive up to three days without food or water.
Newly hatched chicks can survive up to three days without food or water.
Photo by Fotolia/Le Media
Letting mother hens do the work will make raising chicks easy.
Letting mother hens do the work will make raising chicks easy.
Photo by Istockphoto/Oana Vinatoru
Commercial brooders usually include a device to regulate temperature automatically.
Commercial brooders usually include a device to regulate temperature automatically.
Photo by Harvey Ussery
Moving a brood (in this case, geese) to pasture will give them a healthy start.
Moving a brood (in this case, geese) to pasture will give them a healthy start.
Photo by Istockphoto/Mark Karras
Whether you buy chicks from a hatchery or buy eggs for your hens to hatch, you can find a breed that suits your needs.
Whether you buy chicks from a hatchery or buy eggs for your hens to hatch, you can find a breed that suits your needs.
Photo by Istockphoto/Tomasz Wojinarowicz
Hens that are incubating eggs must be isolated from the rest of the flock, but can return shortly after the chicks hatch.
Hens that are incubating eggs must be isolated from the rest of the flock, but can return shortly after the chicks hatch.
Photo by Harvey Ussery
Always use a small poultry waterer to prevent the chicks from getting wet.
Always use a small poultry waterer to prevent the chicks from getting wet.
Photo by Istockphoto/Kary Nieuwenhuis
Observe chicks’ behavior to see if they’re too warm or cold. These chicks are comfortable.
Observe chicks’ behavior to see if they’re too warm or cold. These chicks are comfortable.
Photo by Istockphoto/Kary Nieuwenhuis
Expect a warning peck (or hiss from a goose) if you get too close to a mother bird with babies!
Expect a warning peck (or hiss from a goose) if you get too close to a mother bird with babies!
Photo by Istockphoto/SueMack











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