Raising Chickens at Home – Can Be A Fun And Interesting Hobby For Anyone

Prior to about the middle of last century, many families were involved in raising chickens at home. Mostly this was done for economic reasons, to provide food for the family. But these days-while many people still do it for that reason-raising chickens at home is becoming more popular as a hobby. Some people even consider their chickens to be their pets!

The first thing that anyone who is interested in raising chickens at home should do is to check the law in their subdivision, town, county, or state. Raising chickens at home might not be legally allowed.

If there is no law against raising chickens at home, a new chicken enthusiast should start researching all the details about this interesting hobby. It’s important to know what to feed chickens to keep them healthy.

Actually, it is fairly easy to feed chickens. They enjoy leftover foods, weeds, and garden pests. They occasionally eat mice, too. All of this makes pet chickens wonderful lawn and garden assistants. But they should be provided with nourishing corn and water on a daily basis.

It’s also important to know how to safely house chickens. There are many predators for chickens, even in city environments. Cats, hawks or other large  people may be tempted to steal pet chickens from someone’s yard. The weather can also impact the health of these birds. A covered chicken coop is a must, preferably one that is dark inside to give the chickens a chance to rest or lay eggs. Outside the coop, chickens need room to wander around. They don’t need a lot of space, but the more the better. And a dirt environment is best as chickens love to scratch in it.

Once the food and housing situation is resolved, it’s time to bring home several chicks. When raising chickens at home, it is easier to train young birds than to try to teach and old ones new tricks about where to nest or other matters. Young chicks must be cared for with close attention. Keeping them in a small animal cage or even a cardboard box …

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Caring For Your New Cat

If you have decided on getting a kitten, you will soon understand the responsibilities that come with it, such as devoting adequate time for your pet, pampering it and making sure that you take care of any cat health problems that may occur. Since different cat breeds have different characteristics, you should try to learn as much as possible about the specific health care needs of your pet.

There are officially around forty cat breeds in the world which are recognized internationally. Although there are a lot more sub breeds present, these are not cataloged officially. It can be quite easy to differentiate between the long haired and short haired cats. Some such as the British Short hair, Abyssinian, Burmese, Havana brown, or the American Short hair breed even have their own unique characteristics that allow them to stand apart from the rest. Persian cats, Siamese cats, Maine Coon etc are some other pedigreed varieties of cat breeds, among others. Although most domestic cats do not look alike, they are usually not categorized into different breeds.

Caring for specific cat breeds require knowledge about that particular breed. However, there are some common things that every cat owner can do. To begin with, keep a close eye on your pet’s health during its growing years. Kittens are prone to infection, fever and other cat health problems during their initial years. You will have to give it proper nutrition and seek medical attention the moment you find something amiss. You should also keep your pet engaged in various activities and make it feel comfortable and secure. Even after your kitten has grown up, stay alert to note common symptoms of cat health problems so that your pet continues to enjoy a healthy life.

Breeding is another important issue that requires special attention. Since some cat breeds are unsuitable for breeding as the process might put the cat’s life at risk, you should get your pet neutered if your cat belongs to such breeds. Neutering the female can also prevent many cat health problems such as uterus infections and cancer at …

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