Free Range Takes Time

The idea that a family can buy a batch of chicks, stick them out in a field and collect their eggs everyday is NOT realistic. Hens need to be kept closed up on their coop until they are used to a routine of daily feed and watering and through their first laying cycle, when they … Read more

Caring for Baby Chicks (Simple)

While there are many sources of information on raising chicks, the best starting place is this old USDA guide intended for farm children raising chicks. Read:  usda_careofbabychicks_mff

Feeding Hens

While most who raise hens today for eggs buy feed from local supply shops, a self-suufficient farm needs to learn to feed hens sufficiently with farm-produced ingredients.  The USDA published a great handbook in 1919 explaining just how to do this. Read:  usda_feeding-hens-for-egg-production

Feeding Hens

[quote style=”boxed”]If a poultry raiser does not produce any grain and keeps a comparatively small number of fowls it is often better for him to buy commercial mixed feeds.[/quote] [dropcap]G[/dropcap]ood egg production and profitable returns from laying hens are largely the result of properly balanced rations composed of wholesome feeds. A balanced ration is a combination … Read more

Old-Fashioned Chicken Coop Plan

Many families are interested in getting started with hens that they may produce their own fresh eggs and, if they’re brave, enjoy some meat as well.  Unfortunately, they go online for coop design ideas and…it’s just crazy.  On one extreme you’ll find coops made out of recycled farm debris and on the other, you’ll find designer coops built by … Read more