Chicken ranching versus chicken farming?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by kk454, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. kk454

    kk454 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 3, 2009
    My wife and I have quite a dilemma on our hands. We don't know if raising chickens is considered "farming" or "ranching". I operate a grain farm, and a cattle ranch.....but where exactly do chickens fall. Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    LOL....I guess I'm in the same boat as you. We have a grain farm plus a cow herd.....never thought about which side my chickens belong to. [​IMG]
  3. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    The chickens belong wherever they can get a free meal. [​IMG]

    I would say farming, but then again when I go out the door with treats, the stampeed of chickens makes me fear for my life at times. [​IMG]
  4. greathorse

    greathorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    To me it is a regional definition. I grew up in the midwest (Ill.) and there no one had ranches everything was described as farms. Here in Colorado it seems that those who raise row crops, such as beans and corns call that Farming. The big open spreads and grass is referred to as ranches or ranching. I work with many producers in California and it seemed that in that area all the chicken and turkey producers referred to their property as ranches.

    It will be interesting to see what others have to say. I live on a small acerage here in Colorado and folks often refer to my 20 acres as a ranch, to me it is neither ranch or farm as it produces no income. I call it a small acerage.
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2009
  5. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    SouthEast Texas
  6. Nava

    Nava I Got The Naked Neck Blues

    Aug 2, 2009
    Ocala Fl
    yae this is a good ??? [​IMG] i'll wait to see
  7. ThePamperedPullet

    ThePamperedPullet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Here is what the On Line Dictionary says about each
    Hope this helps clear up the question

    ranch (rnch)
    1. An extensive farm, especially in the western United States, on which large herds of cattle, sheep, or horses are raised.
    2. A large farm on which a particular crop or kind of animal is raised: a mink ranch.
    3. A house in which the owner of an extensive farm lives.
    intr.v. ranched, ranch·ing, ranch·es
    To manage or work on a ranch.


    farm (färm)
    1. A tract of land cultivated for the purpose of agricultural production.
    a. A tract of land devoted to the raising and breeding of domestic animals.
    b. An area of water devoted to the raising, breeding, or production of a specific aquatic animal: a trout farm; an oyster farm.
    3. An area of land devoted to the storage of a commodity or the emplacement of a group of devices: a tank farm; an antenna farm.
    4. Baseball A minor-league club affiliated with a major-league club for the training of recruits and the maintenance of temporarily unneeded players.
    5. Obsolete
    a. The system of leasing out the rights of collecting and retaining taxes in a certain district.
    b. A district so leased.
  8. greathorse

    greathorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    well now thats no fun you go get a real live definition. No fuss no arguing no unfounded opinions thanks for spoiling all the fun. LOL
  9. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Sounds like you got a chicken farm.
  10. greathorse

    greathorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    No I Say Ranch!!!!

    Just kidding of course and trying to be argumentative.
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2009

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