EXTENSION CONNECTION: Tips for raising your own poultry

Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 06:21 PM.

We recently had a fowl pox outbreak, so I would recommend vaccinating against this disease.

Coops should have at least two solid sides and a roof that will protect chickens from the wind and rain. The structure can be fixed or mobile. A mobile coop makes sanitation easier by spreading manure around the yard so that it does not accumulate in one location.

Whether fixed or mobile, coops must be sturdy enough to keep out predators. Additionally, chickens need a minimum of three square feet of floor space per bird.  

Finally, chicken manure is nitrogen-rich; you must fertilize less if using manure.

Jennifer Bearden is an agent at the Okaloosa County Extension office in Crestview. Call 689-5850 for more on this topic.

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