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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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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