If you want to start raising chickens on your farm in New Zealand, you can spend all the time and resources just doing that. In this article, you will find the minimum time guidelines that you need to follow if you decide to add chickens to your farm.
Obviously, you would need to start with getting housing for chickens set up. If you are creating a chicken coop from scratch, make sure to allow yourself plenty of time before you actually buy the bird. You will need to decide how much time coup building will take based on the size of the coop, the person or team building it and how much time they are spending on it.
If you get just a small flock of chickens for your New Zealand farm, plan on spending at least 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening to care for the birds. This number is for a scenario in which you don’t plan to spend time observing them and have automatic feeders and waterers in the coop. If you get laying hens, you should be collecting eggs once a day, which doesn’t take much time at all.
Ideally, chickens should spend 14 hours enjoying the light and 10 hours in darkness. Turning the lights on because you need to do your care taking chores once the chickens are asleep in very stressful for the birds, which is why you want to do all the necessary things before the birds go to sleep and you need to arrange your schedule accordingly.
You will also need to allow additional time once a week for a weekly big cleanup of the coop. The amount of time depends on the size of the coop on your New Zealand farm. If the coop is small, it can be less than an hour.