How to Raise Chickens
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.
Here are some of the key principles to successful chicken raising:
- Do it natural. Organic is the only way to go. If you are going to the effort of raising your own birds for the freezer or for sale, you might as well raise the best.
- Do it outdoors. Raising chickens on pasture is simply the best choice for the small flock owner. Chickens raised on grass have fewer health problems, are more nutritious, and are tastier, too!
- Don't process them yourself if you are selling them. I think it's a good idea to learn how to clean chickens, once. But cleaning and plucking chickens is quite a bit of work, and if you are doing a batch of, say, 100 birds, you will need equipment, help, and probably lots of freezer space to get the birds frozen quickly.
Unless you really want to be fully self-sufficient, or you have experience in processing chickens, I recommend you bring your birds to an inspected abattoir, especially if you plan to sell them.
We figured out how to raise chickens in portable coops
We've been raising meat birds successfully - i.e. profitably -
here on New Terra Farm for a number of years.We use heated broody boxes,
portable coops and electric mesh fence to keep out meat birds safe. You can find out more about our methods at the links below
We've made feeding your birdies easier with our free Simplified Chicken Feeding Guide.
Over the years we have evolved an simple way to feed chicks, layers and meat birds. Our birds do very well with this method.
Download your Simplified Chicken Feeding Guide here.
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How to Raise Chickens