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How to Raise Chickens in Your Backyard

Updated on April 18, 2016

Raising Baby Chicks. My Rhode Island Red Chickens

This page was written 2 years ago, when my hens were just a few months old. A lot has changed since then. We found out that they are actually called Red Star chickens. They are a Hybrid breed of 2 different chickens. I can attest that these chickens are very cold hardy(we live in pa). They are very smart, not broody at all, and very social animals. You will find a link below to my video when they were still adorable baby chicks. If you watch some of my other videos you have a chance to see they grow and experience even more of the ups and downs of chicken ownership.

This page is written from my personal experience of raising Rhode Island Red chickens. I hope to share what I have learned so far about raising chickens in my backyard. Lead you in the direction of some amazing resources, and give you a realistic expectation for raising chickens. This will allow you to be prepared before bringing baby chicks home. photo by mariajomith

Bringing Chicks Home

Be Prepared for Taking Care of Baby Chickens

My husband has been wanting chickens for years. I was completely against it. First we have plently of pets already. Second I really do not like birds, and third but most important, poop poop poop. One day we are in my favorite place, the tractor store and lo and behold a whole section full of fluffy beautiful baby chickens. We had already narrowed it down to a few breeds, because we were looking for good egg layers, and not looking to eat the chickens. We ended up bringing home 10 Rhode Island Red Pullets, along with all of the neccessary items to take care of chicks and chickens.

Raising Chickens at Home

Make sure you have all of your chicken supplies before bringing them home.

Baby chicks are usually only a few days old when you buy them, so they need special care. They like a temperature around 95 degrees, so a brooding light is a neccessity. I would recommend the website Backyard Chickens. They are so helpful and knowledgeable. Also the book Raising Chickens for Dummies . Raising Chickens for Dummies will answer every question you could possibly have about chickens. Reading these books would be a great first step towards raising chickens. I will say all 10 of our chicks are still healthy and I was right about the poop.

My Chickens are Adorable- check out my cute chicks on youtube

Great Books for Raising Chickens at Home - These books have all of the information you will need to raise chickens at home.

I Love My Chickens

Chickens can be raised as pets!

Chickens are a lot of work! They keep us very busy. These Chicks love us and we love them. Please watch my youtube section to see us in action. Please understand that you will not make money raising chickens for eggs. There is a lot of cost involved in maintaining these chickens. Our chickens lay one egg per day, which is great. There is great satisfaction in eating eggs, or anything for that matter, that you have raised yourself. After having the girls for 2 years now, we are sure that we will not be doing it again. We will miss them, and the eggs, but the winters here are so long and hard. They do not lay as much in the winter, or after the age of 2 years old. It is an experience that I am glad to have had, but it really is a lot of work. Thanks for reading. .

by mariajomith

What do You Think About Raising Chickens in Your Backyard?

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      We used to raise chickens. I was in the chicken yard and I lost my gum; I thought I found it three times. Ha! Nicely done lens! Blessed.

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      skefflingecho 5 years ago from Tobermory Ontario

      Lovely lens, I love having chickens, they make wonderful pets while providing breakfast!. Blessed.

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      glenbrook 5 years ago

      Sounds like a great idea. I don't know if it's legal in my city though. I'd like to try it but some friends have told me I'll have less trouble from the city if I raise chukar.

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      jballs6 5 years ago

      I do and I love it! I got mine as pullets about 12 weeks old. But the chicks look so cute!

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Something my wife has always wanted to do. If she ever talks me into it, we will know where to come for supplies.

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I'm seriously thinking about getting some chickens so appreciated all of the information you shared here.

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      talkies lm 5 years ago

      So cute! Something to think about when I get a bigger yard.

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      VeseliDan 5 years ago

      They look very cute!

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      I have 20 of them, plus 5 turkeys and 11 quail. I love raising them in my yard!

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      Kathy McGraw 5 years ago from California

      I always wanted chickens...but never wanted the mess :) Looking at yours rekindles the desire...even if just a little bit. Thank you for the first hand knowledge of raising chickens, I appreciated it.

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Raising chickens sounds like fun, but also like a lot of work. Having fresh eggs all the time would be worth it, though. :)

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      OldStones LM 5 years ago

      Great lens, should help people get started raising chickens in their backyards. Fresh eggs definitely make the effort worth while.

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      livingfrontiers 5 years ago

      Someday I hope to have some chickens too! They are work...that is why I need to wait until the day is right. Good wisdom here.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Very pretty. And you make an important point: Raising chicks is a lot of work. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      vegetablegardenh 5 years ago

      Your baby chicks are very cute. We recently got chickens as well, and enjoy them a lot. We quickly found that they are very entertaining too. :)

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      They are adorable!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You have a very creative lens.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      So cute! Thanks for sharing!

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      Spectresoft 5 years ago

      In the intro pic it looks like your pomeranian wants to jump in with them :)

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      SpicyCabbage 5 years ago

      I can remember when we used to do this.

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      maria 5 years ago

      @AlphaChic: thank you, leghorns were actually our first choice, but these guys came along first.

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      AlphaChic 5 years ago

      We raised Leghorns and White Rocks. Nice lens.