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
Interested in raising chickens or other poultry species for meat? It’s a different game than raising laying hens. Listen in as Nutrena poultry expert Twain Lockhart shares valuable advice on getting started in the meatbird world.
Cornish Crosses are the best bird to raise for meat
Separate them from other breeds
Restrict their diet to feed 12 hours on, 12 hours off
Feed a specialized meat bird diet that is higher in protein
A big part of keeping your backyard chickens happy and healthy is providing them high quality chicken feed, like those from Nutrena! But if you don’t store your feed properly, no matter what brand you buy, you can run into trouble. Learn from Nutrena poultry expert Twain Lockhart a few key tips to keeping your feed fresh and your girls happy!
Dump feed in a metal trash can with a lid on it to keep out rodents
Save the tag from the feed bag
Keep feed in a dry, cool place
Buy a little less feed in the summer time, more trips to the feed store
If you bought new baby chicks this spring, they might be getting close to ready to go from the brooder to the coop. Learn from Nutrena poultry expert Twain Lockhart how to make the transition a successful one!
Chicks should be fully feathered before transitioning
Place chicks in metal dog crate for two weeks before moving to the coop
If you’ve been at the chicken thing for a while, you might be interested in adding some birds of a different feather to your flock. Check out Nutrena poultry expert Twain Lockhart’s advice on mixing breeds in your backyard flock.
Some breeds that make good producers, layers and are friendly include Naked Necks, Wyandottes and Sex Links
Bantams are miniature chickens and exist in every breed, but they do not mix well with the big ones
Cornish cross meat chickens do not mix well with other chickens
If you are raising backyard chickens, you need to consider biosecurity. Not just for your chickens, but for your family as well. Check out this video for Nutrena poultry expert Twain Lockhart’s advice on keeping everyone happy and healthy.
Don’t kiss your chickens!
Wash your hands after you handle chickens
Have a pair of “coop shoes” that you do not wear anywhere else
Do not borrow equipment from friends
If you bring in a chicken from someone, quarantine them for a minimum of three weeks