Important Terms To Know About Raising Chickens

Article by John Locke

Raising chickens is incredibly fun and very rewarding. They are amazing pets and are unfortunately underrated and not thought of as first options by people looking to buy pets. They are very friendly, deliver fresh eggs and also make great gardeners. Your chickens will fertilize your plants and kill pest and bugs in your yard for you. I have put together a list of common words used when talking about chickens that will be important to know if you are getting into the wonderful world of chicken raising.

Bantam – A small chicken that is roughly half the size of normal chicken breeds. These are often raised for ornamental reasons.

Bedding – The main reason for bedding in your chicken coop is to absorb the chicken droppings and their smell. You will also want something soft enough that will cushion the eggs as they are laid by your chickens. You can use wood shavings, newspaper, hay or other soft and absorbent materials.

Brood – Hens incubating their chicks or a flock of baby chicks.

Candling – The process of using a candle or light bulb to shine through an eggs to find out if it is fertilized or not. If you don