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.

This article goes through the pros and cons of keeping a rooster to help you decide whether you should get one.
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!
Everything you Need to Know, Step by Step | TBN Ranch Research, Plan, and Prepare Raising chicks can be easy if you just do your homework before you buy. Knowing when to plan for your chick's...
Float testing your eggs is an easy way to tell if you’ve left your eggs out of the fridge too long & if they are safe to eat. Bad eggs float & good eggs sink.
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....
Buying Chickens- What to look for? When buying chickens, whether it's for the first time or not, we all get excited. We know though that it requires research and sometimes that can take a lot of...
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...
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...
There are some breeds everyone is familiar with (Orpingtons, Silkies, Barred Rocks) and some breeds that just don't get a lot of air time. Some of these breeds have become rare and are in danger...
Tired of frozen eggs? Learn about Heating your nesting boxes here. Step by step photos included.
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.
I know there are probably TONS of threads and articles out there about telling chicks apart, but I just figured I'd give you some of my advice! Have fun! to me the easiest way to tell the...
So your kids (or spouse) talked you into chickens. Now, one of the first questions that came up was probably: "How much is this going to cost?" The good news is chickens are really not that...
We decided to ask for tips from our friendly and helpful members on how to take care of our beloved flocks.
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