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Raising Organic and Free Range Chickens

Updated on February 6, 2018



In the Beginning: Raising the Chicks

We decided to raise organic, free-range chickens in the summer of 2009. We got our first two roosters for free on our local freecycle list. We ordered chicks soon after that. We have experimented with making our own organic feed mix, growing feed for the chickens and ordering organic feed through Azure Standard.

Raising the chicks has not been as easy as it sounds. The bantum chicks we ordered fly much higher than the original bantum roosters we were given. Our chicks raised from infancy fly quite high and several of them perished by flying up over the top of the chicken pen and meeting the dogs outside.

Space for "Free Range"

The space requirement in the US to call a chicken free ranged is not as cut and dry as it should be. Any chicken allowed to roam outside in the day and kept in a coop only at night, is essentially free-ranged.

We have 8 chicken in a fenced area that is 250 square feet. Giving each chicken 30 square feet of their own to range, peck and scratch. They bother each other less if given adequate space. I would ideally like to have them unenclosed, but the dogs prevent that from being possible.

Raising Free Range Chickens

Organic Free Range Chicken Photos

Organic feed can be expensive. On the surface it seems that growing your own feed would save money. However, the ground and time put into growing feed can be expensive also. If you have a small flock of chickens and some extra space in the garden, growing some extra organic grain in the garden can help provide food and save money.

On a larger scale, machinery required to grow large crops of feed for a large flock of chickens may not be cost effective, unless the machinery were used for other purposes. Azure standard has the most reasonable prices I've found for those wishing to purchase organic feed.

Make Organic Chicken Feed at Home

Baby Chick Videos

Watch our baby chicks on YouTube video. They are only a few weeks old here.

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      Jim 3 years ago from Kansas

      Great humane way to raise them. Foxes can be a big problem around here. My in laws used to lose a lot of them to the foxes.

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      Ann 3 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      It's on my dream board - I'd love to have space to raise some chooks. That's Scots for chickens!

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      Ronald E Franklin 3 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      I'd love to be able to raise chickens. But then you brought me back to reality by pointing out it isn't as idyllic as it might seem. In our neighborhood it would be the cats that would have a taste for free range chicken.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Baby chicks and chickens are are fun to raise. But, you'll have your hands full with two roosters! They can be dangerous, for adults and kids. Enjoyed your videos!

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      andreaberrios lm 6 years ago

      My grandparents used to raised chickens at their country house. I remember feeding them and collecting the eggs. Good memories.

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      kingsrookie lm 6 years ago

      hey great stuff really enjoy the lens. Got a chicken lens and if you dont mind, going to add yours to featured lenses

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      Frischy 6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I have 6 baby hens that I am raising in my bathroom. I hope they will be moving outside very soon. I won't be able to let them free range because we are in the city and we also have a hawk in the neighborhood. I love your chicken lens!

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      I have fond memories of raising chickens when we were kids. One banty rooster was a real prince, with colorful, flowing tail feathers. We called him Foxy Loxy.