Raising chickens (organically, of course) is a great way to put meat in your freezer and some money in your wallet. At New Terra Farm, we have been raising meat birds for 18 years; we have figured out a system to minimize loss and maximize returns (and with less work too.)
Here's why you should consider raising chickens on your small farm.
Is raising meat birds a good idea for the small land owner? You betcha! Some of the advantages:
While I personally believe every small farm should have some chickens, you should do a little analysis before launching into this as a business. Some points to consider:
For further reading . . .
Learning how to raise chickens is not difficult, if you follow a few basic guidelines. There are a few key steps to follow and a couple important issues that you need to be aware of to successfully raise baby chickens into tasty (and profitable) roasters. How to Raise Chickens - Basic Principles
Here's your step-by-step guide to raising a small flock of chickens for yourself or for sale. Raising Chickens Step by Step
Here's how to raise chickens in your backyard for eggs for your own consumption, or on a larger scale on small farm or rural property. Raising Chickens for Eggs
Here's what you need to consider before deciding if raising chickens in your backyard is right for you. Chickens in your Backyard
Can you make money raising chickens for meat? Here's a sample of expenses and income taken from my records at New Terra Farm Raising Meat Chickens Budget
There are two main models for raising meat birds on pasture for the small farmer; day range poultry and the chicken tractor model. How do they compare? Day range poultry vs the chicken tractor
We've been raising meat chickens on the farm for 18 years or so. Over that time we have had our challenges getting the birds up to size and off to the abattoir. Here's a few tips to help avoid Troubles with your chickens
One of the best parts of having a small farm is watching the animals' behaviour. I get a lot of entertainment from watching our horses, pigs and chickens interact. You can also learn a lot by watching their behaviour. With that in mind, here's some lessons from the chicken coop (and one dumb cluck.)
If you are ready to raise chickens on a larger scale, either to put food in your freezer or some money in your wallet, you will need a coop. Here's the one we have been using for eighteen years. A Movable Coop for Raising Meat Birds
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