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Chickens make amazing pets! They are sweet, loving,and unlike other pets they actually provide the owner with something(eggs). They are a huge commitment for the first few months and will require constant care. Buying chicks shouldn't be spontaneous and before you purchase your chicks make sure that you have all the supplies and enough time to care for them. This instructable will teach you everything you need to know to raise chicks. If you have a question that isn't covered in this instructable feel free to ask!
 
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Step 1: Research

It is imperative that you do your research before buying chickens. Many things that you will need to know will be mentioned in this instructable but there are a few things you will need to research yourself. Buy a book about chickens or go online and find out what sicknesses chickens can get and what the symptoms Are. That way if they become sick when they  you can easily idenify what they have. Just knowing some common chicken diseases has saved several of my chickens. 

You should also research your local laws regarding birds. In some places you can't even have chickens or there is a limit on how many you can have. Where I live, there is a limit of six chickens and roosters aren't aloud. It's important to know this information before you purchase your birds. 
knexbug1 year ago
thanks a lot, i am also vegeterian and have always wanted to keep chickens; but until now we have not had a big enough garden. thanks
gabe yoo1 year ago
Sorry about the flaggin! It just flagged it 3 times for no reason!!!
HollyMann2 years ago
Thanks for this instructable - perfect timing for me and for my brother's family!!! We're thinking of getting some chickens...I also Love animals like you...and wanted more info on all of this. Thank you!
rrkrose (author)  HollyMann2 years ago
I'm so glad this helped! Having chickens has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. If you have kids then I'm sure that they would love to have chickens. I'm glad the extra info helped you.
rrkrose (author)  HollyMann2 years ago
I'm so glad this helped! Having chickens has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. If you have kids then I'm sure that they would love to have chickens. I'm glad the extra info helped you.
so cute!
our family has roughly 61 chickens and a lot of them were hatched so we had plenty of chicks, they are sooo cute
Pet chickens are also a way to preserve rare breeds; today breeds like Plymouth Rock are on the verge of extinction in most places because of the breeds better suited for production farming. Most farmers specialize in meat chickens that grow fast or egg layers that produce eggs daily. The Plymouth Rock is a dual-purpose, cold-hardy bird and therefore makes a great breed for the small farm or backyard flock owner. They are good for meat and eggs, I like Bantam hens they will sit on any egg and hatch them and the roster is very pretty but they fight a lot.

On our farm we had a rule if it had a name it was a pet, pets are family, and you don’t eat family.

Joe
ChrysN2 years ago
They are so cute! Do they keep their colouring when they grow up? I'm used to seeing the typical white adult chickens on TV etc.
rrkrose (author)  ChrysN2 years ago
Thank you! The color will change but depending on the breed it will be a lot or a little. We had 2 yellow chicks and the darker yellow one stayed yellow but the other one became white. The light brown one in the first picture became dark brown with some black, white, and dark brown spots. The black and white one in the first picture became totally black. I will post pictures of all of them in a little bit!
They are adorable!
rrkrose (author)  emilyvanleemput2 years ago
Thank you!