Go to Your local livestock supplier & purchase however many baby chicks you plan on raising (I recommend 5). Also purchase an enclosure, chicken feed, & a water dispenser for your baby chicks.
In terms of breeds I recommend : Australorp, Rhode Island Red, Leghorn Or New Hampshire as they are ideal for backyard environments.
The Basic Needs For All Birds Are : Accessible Food & Water, Area To Fly Within, Shelter Which Does Not Harm, Fresh Air & Light, Protection From Predators & Diseases. Rapid Care Of Injury / Disease.
Now you will need to set up an area for your chickens...
You can either make your own chicken coop or purchase one from a store.
Make sure your chicken coop is long lasting & a suitable environment for your chickens. It must have shade, light, a nesting area for each chicken & a food & water outlet.
Here is an example of a home made chicken coop...
Now to buy your chickens... (Remember to try & buy one of the recommended breeds.)
An average baby chick will cost around $3 AUS. A fully grown chicken will set you back about $35 AUS.
You will need to set up a food & water outlet like so...
Food & Water outlets in a chicken coop...
Once you have purchased your chicks / chickens you should release them into your yard for a good amount of time to let the familiarise themselves with your home.
When you have let the chickens have a run around you should put them in their coop so they can rest & lay eggs.
You must refill both outlets each day so the chickens may eat or drink whenever they need to.
- 1.0 A Chicken Enclosure
- 5.0 Chickens (From A Trusted Distributor)
- 1.0kg Bag Of Chicken Feed (Give Some Of It Every Day)
- 1.0 Water Supply (Chickens Need It Every Day)
- 1.0kg Hay / Straw
- 20.0m Back Yard / Paddock Area