Raising Rhode Island Red chickens
Keep them safe
While the Reds are roaming, be sure they have a place to go for protection.
"They need some place to get in and out of the weather," Wood says. "A tight building is preferable so that there isn't a draft in the winter. And some way that either the building's heated, or the water needs to be heated, so they always have fresh, clean, unfrozen water. They would love to go out and forage if you have a way of protecting them from critters during the day. They'll naturally come in and roost at night."
If your goal is to raise Rhode Island Reds as fryers, Wood says it takes a chick about 14 weeks to reach six pounds.
Chicks will cost about $1.00 for males and $2.25 for females. A straight run or non-sexed batch of chicks is the most economical.
Raising chickens for eggs: The first step in purchasing chickens for eggs is to determine the type of eggs you want.
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