Acquired: Farmyard / Feedstore adoption
Posted Apr 21, 2014
Chickens are a great way to familiarize yourself with farm animals. They have a relatively low cost compared to other animals and do not require much maintenance. Generally, I let them out in the morning and fill there bowl with poultry crumbles and spread some scratch grains on the ground. The water can we use is approximately three gallons so it does not need to be filled everyday.
The black sex-link in particular is very mild-mannered. They typically keep to themselves, but you can hold them as well. We have had no issues with them free-ranging and they always return to their coop at sunset making it easy to put them away safely for the night.
These animals are also great for children. I have four young boys and they are learning to care for the chickens.
I highly recommend the black sex-link as they are very pretty birds, great egg layers (generally laying one large egg per day) and are a great way to introduce yourself to farm animals.