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Feathered Fitness: How to Keep Your Chickens Fit and Healthy

Chicken health, General

Just like any pet, chickens benefit from regular exercise and a balanced diet to maintain their overall health and happiness. In this guide, we’ll explore some simple yet effective ways to keep your flock in top form, ensuring they lead a clucking good life!

1. Spacious Coop Design

Start by providing a spacious and well-ventilated coop. A comfortable living space allows chickens to move freely, stretch their wings, and engage in natural behaviours like scratching and dust-bathing. Check out our guide here, on how to build a chicken coop.

2. Outdoor Time

Allow your chickens access to a safe outdoor area. This not only provides them with fresh air and sunlight but also encourages natural behaviours like foraging and exploration.

3. Chicken-Friendly Diet

A balanced diet is crucial for a chicken’s health and fitness. Ensure they have access to high-quality poultry feed that meets their nutritional requirements. Supplement their diet with our all natural supplement ranges, vegetables, and herbs for added nutrients.

4. Provide Clean Water

Clean, fresh water is essential for all animals, including chickens. Regularly check and clean their waterers to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. Consider investing in an automatic waterer; not only does it ensure a continuous supply of clean water, but it also saves valuable time for you!

5. Chicken Toys and Activities

Introduce toys and activities to stimulate both their bodies and minds. Products like pecking balls, monkey bars, swings, and perches can provide entertainment and exercise.

6. Herbal Foraging

Encourage natural foraging behaviour by scattering treats or herbs in their environment. This engages their natural instincts and keeps them mentally stimulated.

7. Chicken Workouts

Yes, chickens can exercise too! Consider adding structures like a chicken gym or swing set to their environment. These provide opportunities for physical activity and play.

8. Regular Health Checks

Schedule regular check-ups with a poultry veterinarian. They can identify and address any health issues early on, ensuring your chickens stay fit and happy.

9. Maintain a Clean Environment

A clean coop and surrounding area are crucial for preventing diseases and promoting overall health. Regularly clean out bedding, remove waste, and ensure proper ventilation. Read here on the best way to clean the coop!

10. Monitor Behaviour

Pay attention to your chickens’ behaviour. Any sudden changes, such as reduced activity or appetite, may be a sign of an underlying health issue that requires attention.

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Keeping your chickens fit and healthy is not only beneficial for their well-being but also for the quality of the eggs they produce. By providing a balanced diet, a stimulating environment, and regular exercise, you’ll have a happy and thriving flock on your hands. Remember, a little love and attention go a long way in ensuring your feathered friends live their clucking best lives!

Happy Chickening!

Note: Always consult a poultry veterinarian for specific advice on the care and health of your chickens.

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