CHICKEN & THE EGGS

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EGG COUNT How many eggs are laid will de­pend on the breed, diet and age of your chook, as well as the tem­per­a­ture and sea­son (they can stop lay­ing in win­ter). Most chick­ens will lay around 180 to 320 eggs a year – some might lay daily. Cer­tain pure breeds live longer and can lay for up to five or six years. Hy­brids might only lay for 18 months or so, liv­ing on av­er­age for four years. WHAT TO EAT Chick­ens will eat kitchen scraps, gar­den weeds and even snails. Sup­ple­ment their diet with cer­ti­fied or­ganic pel­lets and you’ll be en­sur­ing they get all the nu­tri­ents they need. Don’t feed your chooks rhubarb, av­o­cado, bones, meat, potato skins, choco­late, onion, gar­lic, cit­rus fruits or grass clip­pings. ON DUTY Keep the feeder full and pro­vide your chooks with fresh wa­ter daily. Re­move drop­pings from the coop (put them in the com­post) and change the straw in the nest­ing box of­ten. Your chooks will need to be treated for worms with a tablet once ev­ery three months.

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