We LOST Some Meat Chickens Before We Figured Out a Few Important Things...

chickens behind fenceChicken dinners in the wild!

When we bought our property way back in June 2000, we didn't have much of an idea of what we wanted to do with it.

We were new farmers, and just didn't have enough knowledge for many farm enterprises.

We also didn't have a lot of spare cash to start a new farm enterprise.

If you found this page, you LOVE chicken. And have probably thought about raising your own, for the freezer and maybe to sell for a little side income.

But dealing with start-up costs and feed and shelter and predators and processing seems risky!

If this is your situation, maybe our answer can help you too.

Day-Range Chickens To The Rescue!

Our reading and research led us to try raising day ranging - raising meat chickens on pasture in portable coops.

The birds are out in the day-time, roaming in the fresh air and sunshine. At night they are locked up in their coops.

It seemed like there were good reasons to give this a try:

  • Chickens are a 'quick turnaround' - 8 weeks or so from getting the chicks they are ready for sale (or for dinner!). This meant we had a quick return on our investment, and we could probably do more than one 'batch' a year
  • Chickens are space-efficient - we didn't need a lot of land to grow some chickens, even on pasture (the ONLY way, by the way!)
  • Chickens are time-efficient - This was something we could do that didn't take too much time from our garden;
  • Organic free-range chicken was a 'premium product'; the stores were charging a hefty price. So we thought we had some margin for profit.
  • Last but not least, we liked to eat chicken!

It took some 'trial and error', and a few lost birds, but eventually we figured out a system to easily and reliably raise our birds and get them to market.

Here's that proven system.

Introducing 'How To Raise Meat Chickens'

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You can take advantage of our hard-won experience in raising meat birds on our small farm. Get 'How to Raise Meat Chickens' and start learning how to fill your freezer with your own home-grown food, and maybe start a great side hustle business on your small farm.

Over the last 20 years we have learned a lot about pastured poultry. I sell all the birds I can raise at a price I set to make a profit (and we've had a lot of chicken dinners, too!)

We show you step by step how to plan, market and manage your flock to make a profit. AND we show you step by step how to care for your birds to keep them healthy and steadily growing.

Why should you raise meat chickens our way?

  • Raising meat birds our way is efficient: our method does not take much time from your day; we spend about 5-10 minutes twice a day for feeding/watering, and about 20 minutes once a week to move our portable coop and fencing.
  • Raising meat birds our way is profitable - if you can control your losses (we'll show you how) you can expect to make a 60-70% profit on each batch. If you did three batches a season you could make 200% on your original investment. And, the first batch will just about pay for all your start-up costs!
  • Raising meat birds our way is sustainable: our methods don't pollute or harm your land, and in fact will actually improve your pasture.

Back To That 'Trial And Error' Thing: We Learned You Can LOSE MONEY Raising Chickens!

Unfortunately, our first few batches didn't turn out so good. We lost quite a few baby chicks to something we learned later was called 'pasty butt'.

Some of the chicks developed a condition where they couldn't walk very well, and so couldn't get to feed and water.

And we lost some birds in our 'chicken tractor' out in the field.

The birds didn't get as big as we would have liked, either.

This was discouraging to say the least, and we also felt guilty that these little birds were paying the price for our inexperience. In fact we came close to giving up on the idea.

But we decided to stick with it, and try another batch. We did more research, visited with and talked to other organic chicken growers, and improved our methods.

The next batch did a LOT better, and we decided we would keep going.

Now after more than 20 years of raising chickens for meat, and continuously improving our methods, we regularly get more than 98% of our birds successfully to 'market weight'.

Our freezer is full of great, organic, free-range chicken, and we sell all we can grow at a premium price.

So, we decided to write a book about our experiences, to help other new farmers in the same position.

Whether you're a small-scale farmer, homesteader, or simply interested in sustainable food production, 'How to Raise Meat Chickens' is Your Go-To Guide!

How to Raise Meat chickens bookThe latest edition with the most up-to-date information and TWO bonus books. Just $10 only from New Terra Farm

Seems Too Easy, I Have Questions!

Q. I've never raised meat birds before, is this book good for complete beginners?

A. Absolutely! From buying day-old chicks to building their coops to bringing them to the abattoir to setting a price for your premium pastured poultry, it's all in 'How to Raise Meat Chickens'.

Q. What about managing manure? Will a big flock of meat birds leave a big mess?

A. No Way! The beauty of my system is the birds are regularly moved to fresh ground. This takes a couple minutes a day and avoids the buildup of chicken poop.

Q. What about predators? We have  a lot of wildlife in my area, will I lose birds to foxes or coyotes?

A. Nope! My book shows you how to set up electric mesh fencing to keep the birdies in and the bad guys out

Here's what some new farmers had to say about How to Raise Meat Chickens . . .

Here are some comments from recent purchasers of 'How to Raise Meat Chickens'; these are people just like you who want to start a small farm flock:

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"Very clearly written and thorough" - Steve G.

"Fantastic reading, and it'll be really helpful when we start up our farm! - Katie W.

"Very well written. It seems that you have that gift of being able to transpose your thoughts onto paper with ease and simplicity" - Stephen W.

I read your meat chicken book and really wished I had it last year. It has already caused me to re-think and re-design next years plan. - Sherri, Dunville, ON

Read 'How to Raise Meat Chickens' Completely Risk-Free - My 100% 'No Chickening Out' Guarantee!

I want you to have all the time you need to read and USE 'How To Raise Meat Chickens'.

That's why I'm going to give you a full 12 months to decide if this is for you.

If for any reason, or no reason at all, you are not 100% satisfied simply send me an email, scott@new-terra-natural-food.com and I'll refund every penny of your investment . . .No questions asked!

Over more than a decade and more than 2,000 sales, I've been asked for a refund exactly twice. Which I promptly and happily issued. So I am pretty confident you will find a lot of value here.

What's UNIQUE About 'How To Raise Meat Chickens'

'How To Raise Meat Chickens' was written BY a small grower FOR small growers. Everything in the book is something I've actually tried, tested and proved to work.

This is not just a book of chicken coop plans, this is a step-by=step guide to raise your own flock of premium pastured poultry.

From buying and caring for day-old chicks (in my unique heated 'broody boxes') to protecting your birds in the field, everything in the book is designed to be do-able  by the new grower just starting out. You don't need a degree in animal husbandry or to be an expert carpenter to build the equipment to raise your birds safely and humanely.

And, I explain all about calculating costs and figuring out a price for your birds if you choose to sell some to make a profit.

Here's what you will learn in 'How to Raise Meat Chickens'

* What breed of chickens should you raise

* Planning: How many chickens should you start with

* Chicken raising production schedule

* Marketing: How to sell your chickens

* Management: Where to raise your birds

* Production: Finding and buying day-old chicks

* Equipment and supplies you will need

* Finding an organic feed supplier

* Caring for your baby chicks

* Troubleshooting your chicks

* Setting up your Coop

* Setting up your electric fence

* Caring for your birds in the field

* Troubleshooting your birds in the field

* Harvesting your birds

* Chicken Economics – Costs and profits of raising meat chickens

* Equipment Costs (fixed costs)

* Chicks, feed, supplies (variable costs)

* Calculating your profit

* What can you sell your birds for?

*Expanding your business

Get 'How to Raise Meat Chickens' and these BONUSES

new coop1Bonus 1: Plans to build the original New Terra Farm Movable Coop

This was our original design. We chose a different approach when building this portable coop. We used much lighter framing, and a tarp roof to shelter the birds. The tarp is quite a bit larger than the coop, and can be secured to provide shade and shelter when the birds are outside the coop.

I did not include wheels on my design; I use a hand-truck (dolly) to move it quite easily to fresh ground each week. This takes about a minute.

When I want to move it to a whole new field (which I do once a year) me and a couple friends lift the whole thing up and put it on the back of my pick-up.

In this bonus Book you also get plans to build my heated broody box, to safely raise your day-old chicks until they are ready to go to pasture.

"I'm interested, what else is in this bundle"?

Oh, yeah, I mentioned another bonus book. Here it is:

The hoop coop works equally well for chickens or turkeys
Imagine a Happy Thanksgiving with your own pasture-raised turkeys

Next Season BE READY To Fill Your Freezer With Delicious Day-Range Poultry (And Make Some CASH SALES Too!)

Get plans to  build my LATEST design, the Movable Hoop Coop. This is another light-weight but sturdy design, and has one big advantage; you can stand up in it! This is the design we started using in the 2020 season for our pastured chickens and turkeys.


If you've looked around my website, you know that my mission is to grow farmers as well as food. I believe we desperately need more small family farms, providing good natural food to our communities.

Because of that mission, I try to keep the price of my books down to a level just about anyone can afford. So, you can get my 'How to Raise Meat Chickens Bonus Pack' for just $10.

Final point: as I said before I believe you will be delighted and excited with the information you receive, so I even assume all the risk for you. You have no risk at all because of my personal guarantee.

YES! I want  How to Raise Meat Chickens to learn how Start-up, Market and Manage my own successful small farm flock, even if I'm starting with little experience or resources.

I want the plans to build the Movable Coop and Broody Boxes to keep my chickens safe and secure.

I understand I will be able to download 'How to Raise Meat Chickens' and the 'Movable Coop Plan Book' and the SPECIAL BONUS BOOK How to Build the Hoop Coop immediately after purchase, no waiting for a physical book to be shipped.

I understand that with this special sale, I will pay just $10 for the whole package.

I understand I have a full year to get started, and that I can return the book for a full refund if I am not satisfied! 

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By the way, you won't find anybody else anywhere offering a full one-year money-back guarantee.

So why am I making this offer? Because I want to make sure you have enough time to actually USE my book to raise your own flock of free-range birds.

I'm pretty sure you will be excited and delighted with what you learn, so I have no worries about offering this unequaled warranty.

The How to Raise Chickens book and the Movable Coop Plans are e-books. When your purchase is complete you will be sent a link to download them.

You can get started farming right away, no waiting for a physical book to be shipped.

p.s.   if you are ready to really ramp up your preparedness, 'How To Raise Meat Chickens' is included in my Homesteader Book Bundle as well. 11 practical farming and gardening resources in one bundle, at a huge discount! Get it here.