Before you get the chickens, check your local city / town ordinances and homeowner's association. Make sure you have a good relationship with your neighbors (the promise of no roosters and free eggs helps!) Be sure to build or buy a hen house for the chickens eat, sleep, and lay eggs in. Chickens hate getting wet and must have a shelter to get out of the rain. Each hen needs a nest box to lay her eggs in. Be sure the chickens are not cramped, give each chicken about two feet of space or they'll want to fight. Usually the chickens are nice to each other. Make sure to give your hens a good quality feed. Play time - Play with your chicks when young to get them used to being around people.
They also have a fairly high body temperature and can handle cooler weather much better than hot. The natural pattern for most hens is to stop laying in the winter. Make sure you wash the eggs with soapy water and a scrub brush.
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