We Really Raise egg laying hens
site is authored by myself, Maria, a work at home mom living with my
family on five acres on the East Coast of the United States. I get many
of the ideas and topics for the article shere from my son's chicken
flock. While we
are saving up for our own self-sufficient homestead and the ability to
and large, productive gardens, we are building up a
mini-homestead on the land we have.
Growing up, I participated in 4-H for many years and helped raise several backyard poultry flocks. We raised baby chicks into adult hood, collected eggs, and ran away from aggressive roosters. I remember vividly the day my grandmother showed us how to eviscerate, pluck and dress freshly killed chickens. They went from pen to freezer in an afternoon.
Chickens "run" in my family, it seems. My parents currently own a commercial chicken operation (yuck!), and my sister and her husband raise pastured chickens for sale in their local area (which, lucky for us, is our local area, too). They also keep six laying hens in their backyard – even though it is a subdivision and they just have a small yard. You can, too!
My husband made us a new chicken coop recently that houses our backyard chicken flock of 14 laying hens and one rooster. I love having backyard chickens and hope your family enjoys the adventure as well.
If you have any comments or questions, please email me at eireitalia @ gmail.com (no spaces).
Go home to Egg Laying Chickens or explore more pages on our site, or other chicken-realted resources online:
Top viewed Pages (Says Google):
Best Coop Plans:
How to Build a Chicken Coop detailed plans and construction guide for making backyard coops.
These chicken coop plans and building guide are the best I've found, and purchased them myself to build our first coops. There are five different chicken coops included, beginning with the most basic double-story ark and culminating with the largest design, the Chicken Barn with attached screened-in chicken yard. I want to use their plans again for their largest chicken coop, the chicken barn, when we are ready to upsize our chicken flock's habitat.
Recommended Chicken Books:
- Homemade Living - Keeping Chickens: All You Need to Know to Care for a Happy, Healthy Flock by Ashley English
- Storey's Guide - Raising Chickens by Gail Damerow
- Barnyard in Your Backyard - A Beginner's Guide to Raising Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Rabbits, Goats, Sheep, and Cattle
Favorite Chicken Quotes
“ A chicken you eat only once — eggs a hundred times." ~ Tajikistani Proverb
“ You cannot cook one half of the chicken and leave the other to lay eggs." ~ Sanskrit Proverb
“ You don’t have to kill the chicken to get eggs." ~ French Proverb