We have said in many of our previous articles that chickens are smarter than many people think. Chickens have the ability to adapt and learn routines, and that is why chicken keeping can be a lot of easier for everyone who likes it, if you adapt your chickens to your routine check-ups and clean ups. This is what made us the typesofchicken.com team do this article about the basic routines every chicken keeper should follow.
1. Routine Check-Ups
Let`s be clear – by check-ups we mean regular, scheduled and thorough physical exams for your chickens. If you have a bigger flock you don`t have to do a physical exam on all of your chickens at once but you can check up on a different bunch of your chickens from your flock every day. Of course, if you notice an injured chicken you can break the routine in order to see the depth of the injury and prevent more problems. Take notes which chickens you have checked up on and which you haven`t yet, after a few weeks of regular physical exams the chickens will adapt to them and will not struggle when you take them in your hands in order to check up on them.
2. Routine Clean-Ups
We bore our readers with the importance of hygiene in and out of the coop in almost every of our articles. We do that for a very big reason, hygiene prevents a huge number of problems that can happen in and out of your chicken coop. Regular and proper chicken coop clean-ups are very important in your life as a chicken keeper. Make yourself a weekly or monthly schedule about coop cleaning it is very useful.
Not only the coops but also your chickens should be regularly cleaned up. Regular dust and water baths can do wonders for your chicken`s health. The routine physical exams we mentioned above can be much easier if you do them after water bathing your chickens.
Other than your chickens and your coop you also need to have routine clean ups of the run, the feeder and the waterer.
3. Routine Exercise
By routine exercise we mean letting your chickens roam in the run at the same time every day. Choose the time of day when you are sure that you or someone from your family can let your chickens out and then get them back in the coop.
By letting your chickens out at the same time every day you can prevent bullying and teach them some kind of order. But remember that they will get used to wasting energy that particular time of day and if you don`t let them out regularly they can get mad and fight each other – which is not good at all.
What kind of routines do you follow in the process of chicken keeping? Do you have more routines in mind that you think we forgot, feel free to share your opinion trough the comment section or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org