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Keeping chickens is only possible on a farm? Of course not! If you think through and plan everything correctly beforehand, you can also keep chickens in the garden.Think carefully about everything beforehand
If you want to keep chickens, you don't necessarily have to have a farm. Chickens can also be kept in smaller gardens because the animals are very frugal. You don't need a luxury stable, you just have to meet your needs and keep them appropriate. With the appropriate care, they can even become really tame over time and also climb on your arm. So you can not only benefit from fresh eggs, but also enjoy the trusting pets.
But before it comes to implementation and you are planning the free run or even building a chicken coop, you should first think about a few important points. Only if there are no problems here, nothing stands in the way of keeping the chicken in the garden.
You should think about this beforehand:
1. Do the neighbors agree?
Before you even think about chicken farming, talk to your neighbors about it to avoid trouble later. In densely populated residential areas, you should refrain from keeping chickens anyway, only in rural areas this is easily possible. If you plan to keep chicken, you must also inform the responsible veterinary office.
2. Which breed of chicken is suitable?
Not every breed of chicken is equally suitable for keeping in the garden. Basically, you should prefer smaller breeds. Bantams are particularly recommended because they do not have as much urge to move as is the case with large breeds. Of course, it is always desirable for animals to have as much space as possible, but bantams can also offer a species-appropriate life on smaller areas.
The best way to get chickens is from the breeder. There you also have a good contact person if questions or problems should arise, which is especially important for beginners. You can get addresses of reputable breeders e.g. at the poultry breeding association. There you can also get detailed information in advance before you start your new hobby. The prices for the animals are of course different: for a young animal up to 12 months old, you have to expect an average of 10 to 15 euros.
3. How many chickens need at least?
How many bantams you bring into the garden naturally depends on the space available. However, you should keep a group of at least four to five hens. With a large chicken, you have to roughly expect an area of 10 square meters. In addition there is a floor space of one square meter for a maximum of five animals in the chicken coop. However, this space in the barn is only sufficient if you also provide the chickens with a sufficiently large run.
4. What is needed?
Chickens need a free run so that they can scratch as they please. However, they do not need a huge area because they do not like long distances. Of course, it would be optimal if the chickens had free space in the entire garden. Then, however, you should not place too much emphasis on accurately laid and well-cared-for beds and a beautiful ornamental lawn, because the animals will not take this into account. Even freshly planted is not safe from them. So you have to accept significant cuts in the look of your garden.
It is advisable to completely fence the spout and also to protect it from other animals from above with a grid. This is also important for the prevention of animal diseases. In the free run you should also integrate shrubs and trees under which the animals can find shelter. They also need a surface with sand to scratch and also to take a sand bath in it.
➤ Chicken coop:
A chicken coop is an absolute must if you want to keep chickens in the garden. You should insulate them sufficiently, because the chickens stay outdoors all year round. On top of that, the chicken coop should have enough perches. Several nests are also required to lay eggs.
A feed alone usually does not cover the need for all necessary nutrients, which is why you should combine different ones. The chickens also eat grass, small insects, berries, worms, leaves and various seeds.