Easter is hands down, one of my favorite holidays I love this time of year Everything is fresh and new and has a feeling of new life With new life, comes new excitement in the coop! I am taking this year off on adding to my flock However, I was just in our local Runnings and was admiring the cute baby chicks I may or may not spend a lot of time there just looking at all the wonderful breeds coming in from
I have been sitting here contemplating where to even start with this blog We have been raising backyard chickens on and off for the last 15 years I honestly have a long list of all the wonderful and also hard lessons our backyard adventure has taught us Who knew that what started out as a way to get good quality eggs would turn into this!?!
I am so excited to write this blog! We have been raising backyard chickens on and off for the last 15 years So, naturally, we’ve learned some of the do’s and don’ts of raising backyard chickens While the list could be quite long, I’m going to give you the top 3 things I wished I would have known when first starting out on our backyard chicken adventure!
Chickens can demand a good bit of your time, especially if you have a lot of them As someone who has always had chickens, I know how much work they can be But, I’m also a busy mom to three kids and I love to travel, which means that I had to learn how to manage my chickens effectively, even when I’m not around The holiday season is much like traveling- you may be home more, but in between family dinners and shopping for gifts, your time to care for your chickens is going to be limited Here are
Most backyard chicken keepers keep just enough chickens to supply eggs for their families However, there are a good number of us who fell victim to chicken math and have a much larger flock than we first planned With 40 chickens, I have more than enough eggs to feed our family and then some! So, what do we do with our extra eggs? We sometimes gift them and sometimes sell them It’s an easy way to make a couple extra bucks and is a fun little business
When I started back up with raising my current flock (I took a couple years off), I was pretty set on only having 6 chickens Now, fast forward almost 3 years and my flock is up to 40! Hahaha! If you know what chicken math is, that’s why!
I am part of a number of backyard chicken groups on social media and it seems there are always people selling or giving away chickens or looking to
With Easter fast approaching, many of us backyard chicken owners are ready with baskets full of fresh eggs!
Hens really start laying on overdrive when the weather warms up and the sun decides to hang around later each evening Those eggs we waited for all winter, may now be arriving in droves! Easter is the perfect time to use up lots of those delicious eggs!
No Easter would be complete without dying Easter eggs, and when you have your own eggs fresh from your hens, it makes it all the more enjoyable
White, cream, blue, green, and dark brown- many of us
The most important part of raising your own meat birds is preparation We begin preparing well in advance, so when the baby chicks arrive, all that is left to do is put them happily in the brooder
My husband is the mastermind of our setup and has built everything by hand There may be considerable cost up front, but many things are a one time build and can be used again and again
Before the chicks arrive, I already have the brooder ready We use an old square shipping container with