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Backyard Chicken Recommendations: A Word Of Caution by Tara Hess
Section 1 Heading: Chickens are not easier or less expensive to care for than mammals
Text: If you find a source that suggests chickens are easy or inexpensive to care for, you should be highly suspicious of the quality of information they provide, especially regarding proper care practices.
Image: A person stands next to a small rooster and suspiciously looks at the text described above. A thought bubble reads “Nice try…”
Section 2 Heading: Chickens need veterinary care
Text: Chickens, like any other resident at a sanctuary, need to have access to appropriate veterinary care (not any vet will do – chickens need vets trained in avian medicine). Seeking out DIY treatments rather than appropriate veterinary care is unacceptable.
Image: A vet smiles and waves while two chickens stand at his feet.
Section 3 Heading: Predator attacks are not inevitable
Text: Some sources act as if losing chickens to predation is an inevitable part of caring for chickens, but with proper fencing and housing (and routine maintenance), you can keep your residents safe.
Image: A fox stands outside a tall, solid fence.
Section 4 Heading: Chickens need protection from the cold
Text: Many sources suggest that “cold hardy” breeds do not need more than a basic shelter in order to stay warm, but all chickens are vulnerable to frostbite and require protection from the cold. In some climates, you will need to use a safe heat source.
Image: Two chickens, one white and one red, stand in front of a heater.
Section 5 Heading: Cornish crosses can live long, happy lives
Text: With proper care, Cornish crosses can live many years, but many sources suggest otherwise. Experienced compassionate caregivers will be your best resource for Domesticated animal breeds that have been specifically engineered by humans to grow as large as possible, as quickly as possible, to the detriment of their health. chicken care info.
Image: A large white Cornish cross stands in front of a birthday cake with a candle in the shape of a seven. A “Happy Birthday” sign hangs above them.
Text At Bottom Of Infographic: Learn more about compassionate chicken care at www.opensanctuary.org