Raising Chickens/Building a Pen/Maintenance

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Raising Chickens
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Starting Up:

Building a shelter 25% developed | Building a pen 75% developed
Choosing a breed 100% developed | Pen Maintenance 0% developed
Finding a Hatchery 100% developed | Local Regulations 25% developed  as of April 27, 2007


Taking care of your Chickens:

Chicks 50% developed | Feeding 100% developed | Watering 100% developed | Winters 50% developed  as of February 16, 2006
Dealing with death 50% developed  as of February 16, 2006 | Butchering Chickens 75% developed
Keeping your chickens happy 100% developed


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Information that doesn't fit elsewhere 100% developed

Some people use old fish aquariums to house baby chicks, they are easy to clean and act as a wind breaker so the chicks don't get cold. In order to make cleaning the cage or pen easier, you can put some hardwear screen or window screen on the floor of the pen and newspaper under the screen. The screen will act as a good traction for baby chicks but also all you have to do is lift, rinse off, change newspaper, dry, and put back in for re-using over and over again. You'll want to clean the pen every day or two so that the chicken is comfortable and doesn't have to lay in its own waste.