What do you need when you decide to get chickens for the first time? After doing your research of course on breeds and such. You want to get everything you need before you get your birds. A chicken starter kit can be a way to get everything you need in one go, but they aren't all created equal.
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Chicken Starter Kit
Personally, I would recommend not buying your products from Amazon. Yes, you are going to see Amazon links in this post. Not everyone is able to go to a feed store to get feeders and waterers that they want. The place where I buy my feed doesn't sell other supplies for poultry.
I'd watch out for the poultry starter kits that you can get on Amazon for example. One kit has it listed as an adult feeder and a chick feeder, but they are both feeders I would use for chicks, not adult chickens of any size.
What You Need for Getting Started with Poultry
What you need is going to be different depending on the age at which you get your birds.
Chicks, up to 6 weeks or so need a source of heat.
- heat lamp or heating plate
- chick feed – we use medicated
- bedding – we use pine shavings
Pullets, don't need heat. Pullets are young hens, often not yet laying.
They need feeders and waters with lay pellets instead of chick starter.
Pullets are going to be outside in a coop and a run, or free range. An important thing they also need is a nesting box as well.
Chick Starter Kit
This Amazon chicken started kit looks decent. It has a waterer, feeders, heat lamp, and a small roost. Chickens love to roost, they don't like to sleep with their feet on the ground. They won't use it right away, but around 5-6 weeks you'll notice them starting to jump up on it. Or even on top of their waterer or feeder.