How to Raise Chickens – Chicken coop ideas – How to maintain a chicken coop

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How to Raise Chickens – Chicken coop ideas – How to maintain a chicken coop

Maintaining the hygiene of your flock is an important aspect of being a responsible backyard chicken keeper.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine tracked 316 cases of salmonella poisoning from handling live chickens from 2004 to 2001. Most of the infection were traced to an unidentified mail-order hatchery.

According to Dr. Casey Barton Behravesh, a veterinary epidemiologist for the CDC, “A perfectly healthy chicken can shed salmonella bacteria.”

“People know to wash their hands after they handle raw chicken from the grocery store, but forget that live chickens can carry salmonella germs too.” Dr Behravesh said.

Despite the concerns you can avoid the risks of salmonella and other health risks by doing a few simple things such as washing your hands with soap and water after handling your backyard chickens, washing the birds’ bowls outside and not allowing children to bring chickens into the house.

This video provides some tips and guides on how to raise chickens specifically focussed on maintaining your chicken coop to achieve good flock hygiene for both your chickens and your family.

You will also get some chicken coop ideas for your backyard chickens.

Welcome to Backyard Chicken stories is a series of videos for anyone interested in backyard chickens, urban chickens, and joining the growing community of urban farmers. The video series is intended as a beginners guide to raising backyard chickens. First off is the basics of what you need to know to get started with your backyard chicken journey including our 4 step “getting started” backyard chicken plan, selecting the best breed of backyard chicken for you, the essentials for selecting a good chicken coop, how much you should budget, and key resources to get you off to the best start possible.

We also cover the things you need to know for caring and raising a healthy backyard chicken flock including housing and feeding you backyard chickens, hatching eggs and caring for chicks, how to clip your chickens wings, and tips and tricks for getting the most out of your backyard chicken experience.

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Donny says:

You remind me of the lady that drives a minivan and always asks to speak to the manager.

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George Styer says:

Crap music…Not good for real chicken people… think gentle

David Metz says:

Why no soy I am researching to start my first flock what does soy do to them

May Goyle says:

good sized coop, good to see that.. but I'd say they need more sun areas..I'd also just spring for the pine shavings lol.. smells better, better look. and you can still compost it (I throw it on top of my front yard gardens and it blends nicely with the mulch). Totally agree with the soy.. Yuck.

oceanluv88 says:

I would suggest a mask when cleaning the poop coop. Too easy to get lung infections.

Teresa Smith says:

Coops should be cleaned daily contrary to what she says. Sand is best. Use a small shifter to remove the poop easily. No coughing due to dust.

bichzbrew says:

What about cats and chickens. Do you have a suggestion for that? I have cats and want chickens but the cats think birds are toys.

Jennifer Heiss says:

chicago? who lives in chicago?

Gabe Vuorenmaa says:

I have 15 horses 12 chickens a rabbit and 2 barn cats on 80 acres

Gabe Vuorenmaa says:

I have 80 acres

Katrin Grosch says:

such a small house and run for 5 chickens.

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