Breeding chickens is a fun and exciting job. Before you start breeding poultry, you need to draw up a plan that will take into account the most important points for this type of activity. This will allow you to determine the livestock, breed, costs and profit from breeding poultry. How to breed laying hens correctly?
Decide on the choice of breed for breeding. Each breed has its own characteristics and differs not only in egg production, but also in the requirements for keeping conditions, the need for feed and resistance to diseases. The undoubted leader in egg production and distribution in the world is a breed called Leghorn. However, there are several more breeds of the egg-bearing direction: Minorca, Russian White, Poltava, Italian partridge.
Calculate how many young and adult birds you need to purchase. Find out if it is possible to buy a bird of the selected breed at a poultry farm in your city or area. Remember, long journeys are very stressful for birds.
Calculate the amount of material needed to build a house. Determine the area based on the number of acquired heads and the future increasing number. Decide if the birds will be in cages or if chickens will move freely in the house and on the run. Select the appropriate heating and lighting system for your chicken coop if the birds will be bred year-round. Equip an aviary with the possibility of separate walking for young and adult birds.
Select and place chicken feeders and drinkers in the house. Remember that feeders for adult birds and chicks are different. Approach your laying nest equipment responsibly.
Purchase the proper amount of feed, mineral supplements and vitamins for your herd. Pay attention to the storage time of the feed. Often compound feed for layers has a short shelf life. Find out what feed the chicks need. Decide whether it is possible to harvest some of the feed yourself, or everything will be purchased.
Decide if the bird will hatch the chicks on its own or if there is a need to purchase incubators. Take your incubator choice seriously. Choose the right model based on the number of eggs to be set and the available space in the house.
Consider marketing your product. Figure out for yourself whether it will be more profitable to sell an egg or young layers. Decide if you will be purebred or if you can do crossbreeding work.