I started farming chickens in my backyard about 2 years ago. I have come a long way from my early days of being a farmer. However, many of the difficulties I faced could be avoided if I knew these 3 things before I started. Without further ado, here are my top 3 things to be aware of before you start rearing your own chickens.
Firstly, chicken farming is hard work! Some people have said that I am taking the easy way out in life by giving up on my stressful investment banking job to start a farm in the suburbs. They couldn’t be any further from the truth. I’ve not had a single day as a farmer where I did not start at 5am and ended my day way past sunset.
Secondly, always try to get young hens if you are in the chicken farming business for their eggs. There are many people out there who will try to sell you their old hens who only have a couple of months worth of egg-laying left in them. Remember to ask for hens that are around 5 months old as that is the time they begin laying eggs.
Lastly, start a worm farm. This came in really handy for us to ensure our chickens got all the protein they needed. If you do not have your own worm farm, you will end up buying expensive chicken feed from the store.