Backyard Chickens 101 — MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Whether you’re raising chickens in your backyard or running a larger scale operation, GRIT Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Hank Will, explains the basics of what you should know to succesfully raise backyard chickens from brooder to coop. Backyard chickens not only provide your family with fresh meat and eggs, but they can help reduce the number of common pests around the farm.

More on Backyard Chickens from MOTHER EARTH NEWS: Any brooder must be designed to minimize stress, since stress drastically reduces the chicks’ immunity, making them susceptible to diseases they might otherwise resist. Stress is minimized by making sure the chicks are neither too cool nor too warm; have a clean, safe environment; are provided sufficient space for their numbers; and can always find feed and water.

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20 thoughts on “Backyard Chickens 101 — MOTHER EARTH NEWS”

  1. Help. We live in a temperate climate in the mountains of Panama, We bought 2 chicks from a vendor at the bus station. They are 5 weeks old now and we didn't plan for this well. They are preening and dusty now and used to coming into the house. Everyone is attached to the chicks but also getting ill. We clean up after them constantly  but it is time they stay outside.  I wanted them to be yard chickens and the first priority is we gotta get them out of the house. What is the fastest way to accomplish this and what do I need to do first for temporary shelter?

  2. Got my first flock since I was a child. I really enjoy them, and I like watching chicken videos, My wife and kids and I live in NE Oklahoma.

  3. After the eggs are laid how long do you have to cool them if you want to sell them as fresh eggs? Thanks for the video it was very helpful.

  4. One of the best chicken rearing videos out there. Lots and lots of really useful advice from people who are clearly enormously experienced. Sharing my philosophy – if you want healthy, happy chickens, and beautiful eggs – it's easy, create chicken paradise. Thanks for taking the trouble to make this great presentation Hank and Madge.

  5. This is amazing. I have wanted chickens for years and now I live in a place where I can have some. This coming spring we are going to be getting some and I cant wait. Your video has made me realize I have been way over complicating my chicken coop. I think your hoop house for them will be perfect. Thank you so much.

  6. Loved your video. I am hoping to have a few egg layers next year and doing my research now. Thanks for posting a great video.

  7. We would like to find someone like you in our area to buy eggs and chickens from. You are very knowledgeable, experienced and provide your chickens with a good life until slaughter. Awesome video. Thanks for posting.

  8. What a great video. I am 110% confident I can go out and run my own Chicken Farm. Many thanks for the wisdom my friend.


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