How to Raise Chickens

Chickens are one of the most enjoyable farm animals to raise and, fortunately, you don’t need much space to do just that. In fact, the popularity of urban/backyard chicken farming is now a movement, with owners of small flocks gaining the nutritional benefits of independently grown and farm-fresh eggs. In addition, raising backyard chickens teaches your family—especially kids—personal responsibility and the value of a job well done. Bonus: Your kids will love their backyard chickens. Whether you have 40 acres at your disposal, or just a small yard in the city, our How To Raise Chickens section explains how to build a successful flock. Feel free to “scratch around.”

Chickens are the epitome of self-reliance for urban and rural homesteaders alike, providing delicious and nutritious eggs for the family while offering a degree of food security when you can’t make it to the store. To raise your own flock you need to choose a breed.

Poultry are a great addition to any family, and they don’t require too much work. Poultry brings years of entertainment, companionship and, more importantly, eggs. Let’s review the do’s and don’ts of how to feed poultry from furry little friends through mature, cherished hens.

If you do a quick search on Pinterest, you will see some pretty extravagant chicken coops. That could either inspire you to build a similar structure, or totally overwhelm you. Whether you’re envisioning a coop that is practical, pretty, prefab, or all of these, here are some basic rules to follow.

Picking up your chicks at a farm store is an exciting day when starting your own home flock, whether that’s in your backyard, in an urban setting, or on a farm. Before that day arrives, however, you need to get your brooder set up and running.

Chickens, unsurprisingly, are near the bottom of the food chain. Predators that live on the ground and in the sky find chickens to be the perfect meal. When we decide to raise poultry, we also make a commitment to ensure their safety to the best of our ability. We’ve gathered some helpful tips to keep predators away from your flock