Getting Started Raising Chickens

Are chickens easy to keep? How expensive is it to raise chickens? This section has the most frequently asked questions when embarking on raising chickens.

I’ve learned all sorts of ridiculous things that no one warned me about because these things are so commonplace, experienced chicken keepers don’t even consider them.
Eggs are amazing things. We often take them for granted, but you won't after you read this article!
Keeping a rooster can be fun and rewarding, and they are often great additions to the flock, and beautiful to boot. However, there is a lot of misinformation floating around about them, and...
Sometimes, in spite of our efforts to provide a nice clean spot for our feathered friends to deposit the rent in, we'll get a dirty egg or two.
Bigger is Better: Advice from one chicken keeper to another I’ve been raising chickens for close to six years now. Compared to some, that’s a long time, and compared to others, that’s nothing....
We've been amazed at how many common every-day sayings originated from people who owned and raised chickens.
I have seen a lot of posts lately about what color(s) a breed lays, so I made a chart to put them all together. If you have any pics to add, please submit them in the thread here:...
Planning on raising backyard chickens? There's lots to know, but don't worry, we've got you covered. Learn the basics in this article!
One of the many benefits of raising chickens is composting with chickens!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) of raising a flock of BackYard Chickens.
Most all of us here on BYC have chickens and those that don't are planning and learning to get some. But I will say this, and I only wish it had came to me before I started my flock years ago!...
Sexlinks are some of the most abundant chickens out there! Do you know what makes a sexlink a sexlink? Read here to find out!
Most people think of chickens as backyard roamers, or maybe the next item on the dinner plate. But there is another way to own chickens, and that way is raising them to be your companion.
Ever wondered what the correct terms are for all the chicken's body parts and plumage?
Meat chickens are one meat source that can be raised with minimal space, convert feed efficiently, and can be processed at home with not much more than a sharp knife and a big pot.

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