Chicken keepers should never underestimate the importance of the rearing stage in a young chicken’s life. After all the excitement of hatching, the tendency can be for keepers to take their foot off the diligence pedal a little. In fact, this is exactly the point when close observation should start. Time spent simply watching your birds is never wasted, regardless of their age. Getting into the habit of doing this during the early growing stages is key: you can tell so much about how young chickens are developing simply by watching their behavior. Careful observation also allows you to spot trouble at the earliest opportunity, ...

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