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Welcome to the Chicken Keeper

The Chicken Keeper provides general and background information, field reports as well as tips and tricks on species-appropriate chicken keeping.

Our goal is to give hands-on experiences to ease the introduction to chicken keeping. For those who are looking for an ecologically sound and organic way to get eggs and poultry meat, you are welcome to find here an introduction in responsible and organic chicken keeping. Furthermore, we would like to share the fun of keeping and raising animals in general and possibly even contribute to the preservation of rare breeds.

Have fun browsing and reading

The Chicken Keeper Team

Keeping Chickens:
Introduction

Chickens should be kept species-appropriate. They have certain requirements, and we should try our best to satisfy them.

In general, keeping chickens isn’t that hard. With a little planning of recurring tasks and some information about their needs as animals, e.g. regarding food and shelter, all should be going well.

On the following pages you will learn all about the nitty-gritty in regards to keeping chickens.

Chicken Coops:
Requirements & Ideas

A chicken coop and chicken run are essentially the home facilities for your chickens. This is where they spend all their time. Therefore, the chicken coop and the adjacent area should be attractive in respect to the chickens’ needs and clever in respect to your duties, e.g. you have to keep it clean to prevent diseases.

We will describe the most important features of chicken coops and give specific advice how to keep chickens species-appropriately and to furthermore reduce your work with your ongoing jobs as a chicken keeper.

More about the features of chicken coops, hints on construction and comprehensive tips for species-appropriate chicken coops can be found here.

Chicken Diseases:
Diagnosis & Treatment

Animals just like humans may get sick. As with humans, preventive measures can be taken to keep chickens healthy, e.g. keeping them in species-appropriate conditions will reduce the risk of getting parasites.

On the following pages we will describe the most frequent chicken diseases, help you with the diagnosis, provide tips and advice regarding preventive measures and introduce the most important treatment methods and medication.

Read more about chicken diseases, prevention and treatments (medication) on The Chicken Keeper.

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