How to Raise Chickens in Your Backyard
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. .