Raising chickens in Russia is not much different from raising chickens in other parts of the world. The only thing that I had to adjust for was the weather. As most of you know, Russia’s winter can be very cold and bitter. Since most chicken coops are built outdoors, you have to ensure that there is sufficient protection for your chickens. You have to invest in a heat generator to keep your chickens nice and warm.
Other things I wished I had known before raising chickens is that it’s not going to be cheap. If your sole aim of rearing chickens is to get cheap eggs, it will actually be cheaper if you went and bought some eggs from the store. You will however get fresher and better tasting eggs if you rear your own chickens. You will also be sure that there is no antibiotic inside the eggs as most chicken farmers now feed their chickens antibiotics all year round.
Another important thing to know is that chickens live very long and hens won’t lay you eggs forever. A healthy chicken lives an average of 10plus years. A hen on the other hand lays eggs only for the first few years of her life. You should therefore think what to do with your hens that no longer lays you eggs but have a good 5 to 6 years of life ahead of her.