Raising chickens is one of the fastest-growing trends among homeowning families in North America. Welcome to boom time in Chickenville!
Rising food prices, concerns about the quality of industrial-reared chicken and eggs, the treatment of chickens by poultry producers, the desire to reconnect with the land and nature – even just the fun of raising chickens as pets – have fuelled an explosion in the number of people investing in a coop and some chicks.
The most common place to keep chickens is in your back yard. You don't need to live in the countryside to get going. Chickens are now being seen in the suburbs, and within some city limits. You can even keep chickens on a rooftop!
Let's learn more about this fun, and rewarding, way to use a piece of your property.
Many people like the idea of raising chickens. However, there are many reasons that they don't take the concept any further:
We're here to smooth out the learning curve, and reassure you. Like most unfamiliar projects, when you dig a little deeper, you'll find that it's nowhere near as daunting as you imagined.
Learning how to raise chickens can be a family project. It will give you and your loved ones a sense of pride. You might even scratch out some profit selling eggs or meat, if that motivates you.
This website will help to settle your fears, and teach you everything you need to know about raising chickens for eggs, for meat, or simply for fun!
Before you consider raising backyard chickens, you should understand what commitment of time and resources is required of you.
You can't raise a family of chickens without buying, or building, a chicken coop. Learn what you can construct or install in the space that you have. Find out what, if any, permits you'll need from your town.
Which chicken breeds are best to choose? Naturally there are many answers to that question, depending on why you're planning to raise chickens.
Why are you raising chickens at home? For eggs? For meat to eat, or to sell for profit? Or as pets?
Once you've zeroed in on a breed to meet your needs, how do you find baby chickens to buy, and what do you need to know about raising baby chickens?
Which chicken feeders are the best for your backyard chickens? Can you build your own feeder, or do you have to buy one? And what do chickens eat?
So many questions - let's start giving you some answers! Click here to begin.
We're always delighted to hear from people who are as excited about chickens as we are. You are more than welcome to become part of our community!
Share your tips for chicken raising, show off your awesome hen house, tell us about your egg-laying hens, show off pictures of your beautiful brood, or anything else you'd like to contribute.
To your happy chickens,