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.

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.
What? Keep your chickens happy? They are, after all, well... CHICKENS!
Our grandparents and generations before are used to using these older birds for meat, but use them in cooking methods that enhance the age of the chicken. Coq-a-vin is a common dish that...
When I bought my first flock of 7 chickens, I got 4 Easter Eggers (blue/green eggs), a New Hampshire (brown egg), a Jersey Giant (brown egg), and an Ancona (white egg).
A caruncle is “a naked, fleshy outgrowth,” according to Meriam Webster’s Dictionary. It generally refers to the protuberances found on the head and neck including the combs, earlobes, snoobs and...
Kids and chickens. They just seem to go together - like eggs and bacon. Many of us can tell stories about growing up and either having chickens at home or visiting a favorite relative's farm and...
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!
We've been amazed at how many common every-day sayings originated from people who owned and raised 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.
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:...
Eggs are amazing things. We often take them for granted, but you won't after you read this article!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) of raising a flock of BackYard Chickens.
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