Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Raising Backyard Chickens

 
Backyard Chickens
Getting Started with Backyard Chickens
Raising backyard chickens is a new trend that is quickly sweeping the nation and for good reason.  Backyard chickens are economical to raise, they make great pets, make for natural weed and pest control and provide a free and yummy source of farm fresh eggs.  Farm fresh eggs are high in nutrition and they have proven to be an excellent source of extra income for some families.  Should you wish to start a backyard farm of your own then here are a few tips to get you started.

***Raising chickens from un-cooled eggs is possible but spend a little more and purchase already hatched chicks from a local farm supply store for better results.

***Check your city ordinances before you purchase your chickens to make sure they are legal; if not then you may consider visiting a town meeting and putting in a request.  Most cities allow one to three backyard chickens as pets.

***Choose a space, build a coop and learn how to take care of your chicks properly.  Should you wish to hatch your chicks from un-cooled eggs then you will also need an incubator.  You may also want to view the recent Today special about backyard chickens.

*** Make sure you keep your other pets, especially dogs, away from your chickens and eggs.  Even small friendly dogs will sometimes attack chickens and eat the eggs.  It is better to avoid this situation all together and simply keep the dogs and chickens apart.

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I did not consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I am normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. I did succeed in changing our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming where we are about to take an even bigger step and move out on a dirt road in the country where we can expand our hobby bees and more! You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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"...for your Father knows what you need before you ask." Matthew 6:8

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