Chickens are all the rage these days, and while I'm usually not big fan of “trends,” I happen to think this is a good one! There is a lot of chicken raising information out there and it can definitely be overwhelming at first. While I don't claim to be the final authority of all things chicken, I've kept a flock for several years now and want to share my seven best chicken tips for simplifying your chicken keeping. [Read more…]
How to raise chickens cheaply?
That's what I needed to figure out. I got the idea to raise chickens while unemployed for several months. Times got a little tight (to say the least!) and I thought that if I had a coop and a garden at least my family and I would have just a little more in the pantry. So I set out to learn as much as I could before spending any little cash. Here are a few lessons learned…..
“The worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history”
If you are a chicken consumer or raise chickens yourself, chances are you are concerned over this recent bird flu outbreak, both personally and financially. The price of eggs has increased over 58%, causing grocery stores and restaurants to restrict consumption and availability and increase cost.
Bird Flu, also known as avian influenza, has reached 21 states across the nation and is spreading. Affecting more than 47 million birds and counting; this outbreak is having a direct impact on consumers and farmers across the nation. [Read more…]
Homestead chickens are a great small scale protein option for meat or eggs, and don't require a huge investment in time or materials to get started. I've teamed up with a number of my blogging friends to pull together this awesome list of homestead chicken resources to help you with everything from hatching your own eggs to predator patrol and chicken diapers (yes, they exist). There's information on coops and runs, feeds and foraging, roosters and broody hens. We also include plenty of posts about the “why” as well as the “how” of raising chickens, as well as the tough stuff like dealing with sick chickens and harvesting chickens for meat. If you have a topic that's not covered, please ask, as I'm sure someone in the group has a post that can help. Enjoy! [Read more…]
Meat chickens are an ideal project for beginning homesteaders who want to raise high quality protein. The housing requirements are modest, the project can be done in more favorable weather, and raising chickens for meat will give you confidence to then move into egg layers. Meat chickens can take as little as two months of your time. It's a good opportunity to see how you like taking care of a non-pet animal. [Read more…]