Free-ranging your chickens can seem idyllic and peaceful. Watching them roam in the backyard, pecking at bugs, can be soothing. But in reality, there are some dangers to be aware of. Nutrena poultry expert Twain Lockhart offers some tips for the care and feeding of your free range flock in this video.
Chickens will eat ticks as well as many other bugs that infest gardens
Free range makes chickens more vulnerable to predators, so be sure to place them in the coop at night
Egg Producer provides them a healthy balanced diet so they’ll continue to lay eggs
As a backyard chicken owner, your first goal is keeping your girls happy and healthy. There are lots of ways to work towards that goal, and Nutrena offers you one more option: our unique FlockShield healthy flock shield system, found in our NatureWise poultry feeds. Learn about it here from Nutrena poultry expert Twain Lockhart.
FlockShield is an additive that boosts the chickens’ overall immune systems helping them to live longer and lay more eggs
One of the most obvious benefits of raising backyard chickens is the eggs you get. But how does the laying cycle work? And how many eggs will a chicken lay in her lifetime? Learn answers to these and other questions from Nutrena poultry expert Twain Lockhart in this video!
Chickens will start laying at around 20 – 24 weeks of age, depending on the breed
Most hens will lay their best in the first three seasons of life
Most standard laying breeds will lay around 250 – 300 eggs per year
Providing artificial light enables you to get eggs from hens year-round
Stress and dehydration can cause hens to stop laying