Some Fast Facts and FAQ About Backyard Chickens
How long do chickens live?
Roughly 8 to 10 years, although some well-loved pet chickens have been known to push 15 years!
How big do chickens get?
It really depends on the breed, but an average mature hen can weigh up to 9 to 11 pounds and usually grows 16 to 20 inches tall.
What do chickens eat?
Chickens primarily eat vegetables, fruits, flowers and grass. They also eat grains and seeds, and scratch the ground to find bugs, spiders and insects to eat.
How much space does a chicken need?
The general rule of thumb to help people get started is 4 square feet per chicken in the coop, along with 10 square feet per chicken in the run.
What kind of housing do chickens need?
Hens need protection from weather extremes and predators, especially at night. Wooden enclosures or metal A-frame coops – easily purchased at any feed supply store – work wonderfully.
Can a chicken be a pet?
Some people find it hard to believe until they’ve seen it, but chickens can be just as loyal as dogs as pets! They will sit in your lap, come when they hear their name, and even cuddle with you for hours straight.
What are the benefits of owning a chicken?
Chickens are a great source of fresh eggs. Chicken manure can also be added to compost piles or used as a fertilizer when tilled into the soil. Chickens offer great organic pest control, and they also just make really great pets!