Chicken Raising

How to raise your baby chicks into full-grown chickens.

  1. Save Money on Chicken Supplies at your local dollar store!

    Raising chickens can get expensive at times, especially when a supply run is necessary. With the plethora of items you go through on a regular basis combined with the medical supplies you should be stocking, the dollars you spend on your chickens can add up quickly. Lots of things we buy are specialized and chicken specific, thus requiring they be bought from outlets that cater to those needs. However, this is not true of all supplies. Many of the items we use can be bought at big box...
  2. Baby Chick Care

    If you've recently hatched or acquired baby chicks, congrats are in order first and foremost! Now that your babies are here, it is up to you to ensure they get the best start in life possible. This means attending to their care needs and keeping them safe and comfortable as they grow. There are many things you will need to do, provide, and monitor as your chicks mature, all of which will be worthwhile and enjoyable as you are rewarded with growing babies every step of the way. The first...
  3. 5 Ways to Save Money When Raising Chickens

    A lot of people tout raising chickens as an economical way to provide eggs and meat for your family. While this is true and the benefits of raising chickens do outweigh the expenses, the misconception seems to be that chickens require virtually no investment and will produce unfailingly, which is simply not the case. Chickens need proper feed and health care as well as safe, sturdy housing, all of which costs money. For people who are new to the chicken world, such needs sometimes come as a...
  4. Rental Chicks for Easter

    Every year for Easter, chicks and bunnies aplenty can be found for sale in various places. Oftentimes these animals are dyed in pastel colors and marketed almost like toys would be to create a desirous and cute impulse buy. In the end, they are frequently treated like old toys and discarded, or cared for improperly and forced to suffer with preventable illnesses or even death. The best case scenario these animals face still is not without issue. If they are lucky, someone will swoop in and...
  5. Chick Days are Here!

    It is that time of year again, the time when chicks are hatching and peeps are being heard coming from nesting and coop areas. It is a sweet, promising sound, that of young chicks chattering about. One place where this can be easily heard is at your local Tractor Supply Co. as "Chick Days" are here. The chicks at Tractor Supply, or anywhere else for that matter, are hard to resist. Even when I can't or don't need to bring any home, I am unable to resist the urge to at least go look at the...
  6. Chicken Rentals

    As backyard chickening gains popularity, some people are met with the reality that they have perhaps bitten off more than they can chew. As this realization is made, people get out of chickening even faster than they got in, discarding their chickens at animal shelters or rescues to free themselves of what they found to be a surprising burden. This is very unfortunate for the uprooted chickens, not only to be forced to leave the home to which they are accustomed but also to leave their...
  7. Clipping Wings

    Heated debate often follows when it comes to the issue of cutting chicken feathers. If you're going to keep backyard chickens, clipping their wings will be essential; however, this will not harm the bird, and the creature will not feel any pain. This not only prevents them from flying over your fence, but it keeps them out of danger from predators, getting lost, or being hit by cars. But you can avoid clipping their wings by constructing a roof over their living quarters, or by placing...
  8. Raise Your Chickens Organically

    I live up here in the North Georgia Mountains, and there's a Tyson poultry plant just down the road from where I live. I tend to see large Tyson trucks carrying layer upon layer of confined chickens stacked on top of one another. If you happen tobenext to thesetrucks sitting in traffic, then you'll know that the smell can be horrendous. The chickens are crammed in small cages with little room, some not moving at all. No matter what farmers and the chicken industry may say, being crammed in...
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