To be successful in raising chicken, you must have the right chicken raising equipment. This equipment is used in the construction of the chicken coop, the maintenance of the coop, for retrieving eggs, for clearing the terrain where the chicken run will be and for carrying out other functions in and out of the coop. Most of the work can actually be done without the equipment, but they make work easier, faster and more enjoyable. You should consider renting some of the equipment that are used only once such as those used in the building of the structure. You can rent them from your local hardware store if they offer the service or from friends and/or neighbors.
The equipment you use in the construction of the coop includes nail guns, hammers, saws, mattocks, etc. The materials that you use with this equipment include nails, wire mesh, wood, iron sheets, etc. The equipment you use depends on the scale of your project, on the materials you are using for the coop and on your expertise in using them among other factors. The equipment used in the day-to-day running of the chicken coop include a waterer, artificial lights, supplemental sources of heat such as heat lamps, a poultry feeder, an egg retriever, a nesting box, hoses to clean the chicken coop, etc.
Incubators are very important and they are used by those who want to hatch their own chicks. They are useful because you do not need to have your hens take a month off laying eggs. They also have a greater success rate than when hens hatch their own chicks. Brooders are equally important for those who want to hatch their own chicks and they are used to give a controlled environment, meaning chicks are more likely to thrive. The controlled environment is achieved by having heating lamps, cooling systems whenever it is too hot, etc.
The feeder should be built in such a way that the chickens do not waste their feed – there should be just enough space for the chickens’ heads. Similarly, the waterer should be built in such a way that there is only enough space for the chickens’ head to avoid contaminating the water.
You can make some of the equipment yourself and you can eliminate the need for some of the equipment. Equipment such as poles to retrieve the eggs, waterers and feeders can be improvised. You can construct some of the equipment such as nesting boxes because they do not need to be complicated or to have aesthetic value since they will be inside the coop. You can use a normal lawn mower to clear the ground where the chicken run will be and you can use normal water hoses instead of investing in specialized equipment.
You can buy the chicken raising equipment from offline sources such as hardware stores or from the internet. There are more benefits of getting the equipment online such as convenience since you do not have to leave the comfort of your own home and because the internet never closes, cost benefits since you get to compare prices, anonymity, etc.