Category Archives: Chicken Care

How Much Water Does a Chicken Drink?

How Much Water Does a Chicken Drink?

How much water a chicken drinks each day depends on numerous factors including the bird’s size, water palatability, feed intake, feed composition, the environmental temperature, the bird’s condition of health, and whether the bird is laying.   Under normal conditions, the average chicken drinks between one and two cups of water each day. A laying… Continue Reading

How Much Feed Does a Chicken Eat?

How Much Feed Does a Chicken Eat?

How much feed a chicken eats each week varies with the chicken’s age, breed, and strain, degree of activity, and condition of health. Other factors include the ration’s palatability and texture, and its energy and protein content.   In cold weather, a chicken stays warm by eating more than it does during the heat of… Continue Reading

How to Control Ammonia in the Chicken Coop

How to Control Ammonia in the Chicken Coop

Ammonia is a pungent-smelling gas constantly released by bacteria that decompose chicken droppings. Not only does ammonia smell bad, it’s also a health hazard for you and your chickens. High levels of ammonia in the coop’s air can discourage chickens from eating—affecting the growth rate of young birds and the production of laying hens—and can… Continue Reading

What is Grit and Why Do Chickens Need It?

What is Grit and Why Do Chickens Need It?

Natural grit consists of a collection of coarse sand, pebbles, and similar small, hard objects chickens eat while pecking on the ground. The grit lodges in the bird’s gizzard, where muscular action grinds the grit together with feedstuffs to break them down for digestion. Over time each piece of grit gets ground up, along with… Continue Reading

Chicken Feed — Whole Grains, Mash, Pellets, or Crumbles?

Chicken Feed — Whole Grains, Mash, Pellets, or Crumbles?

Commercially formulated rations are developed to maximize nutritional benefit based on a flock’s age, beginning with chick starter, then moving up to grower, developer, and lay ration as chickens mature. Meat birds have their own formulas for starter/grower rations and finisher ration intended to induce rapid growth. Aside from different formulas for different age groups,… Continue Reading