Raising Backyard Chickens: You Can Do It!

by June Fuentes on February 6, 2017 in Activities, Budget Friendly, Food

Today we have a post by our sweet contributor, Jenny, from The Sweet Stuff:

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I always romanticized the pioneer days. I dream of gingham dresses, log cabins, vegetable gardens, horses, and fresh chicken eggs every day.

Well, I live on a 6,000 square foot lot, in 816 square feet of home (which may actually be a pioneer-esque size), so many of my dreams have yet to come to fruition.

However, about four years ago, my dream of collecting eggs in a basket each day finally came true. We began raising chickens in our suburban backyard. Chickens may seem like a daunting task or something that is only for those who live on acreage, but owning chickens in your suburban or urban area is not only possible, it is easy!

The joy of needing two eggs for a recipe and simply walking into your backyard to get them is well worth the effort of caring for chickens! I also find that the more “work” I have to do in the yard, the more my children and myself get outdoors.

My oldest daughter began taking over sole control of egg collection by age four. Now, at almost five she can also feed the chickens on her own!

Here are a few of my tips for getting started with backyard chickens:

1. Find out the laws about chickens in your county.

Some areas may limit the number of chickens you are permitted to have.

2. Create a coop.

Chicken coops can easily be built from purchased or scrap lumber and many companies sell pre-made coops. We purchased ours online for about $100 and it is still in great condition.

3. Find a farm supply company.

This is where you can purchase materials and food for your chickens: Sawdust for their nesting boxes (shredded newspaper can also work), feed (lay pellets in generic brands are cheapest), water and food containers (larger ones mean you have to change them less).

4. Purchase your chickens.

There are two ways to go about this. You can either purchase hens that are already laying from someone or you can purchase chicks. Chicks require a little more work up front as they must be kept warm and won’t lay for about 6 months (but they sure are cute).

Follow these steps and soon you will be enjoying fresh eggs from your own backyard! There are other benefits to chickens as well!

You can feed them your kitchen scraps!
They can fertilize your garden!
You can finally feel like a true pioneer!

I have never looked back on our decision to raise chickens and I look forward to adding more members to our flock this spring. Don’t wait until your purchase a farm, start your homesteading dreams now!

 

 

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Jenny is a wanna-be homesteader living in California with her husband, 3 daughters (and a baby on the way). She enjoys raising suburban chickens, baking bread, homeschooling her children, and adventuring in the outdoors. Her family is committed to living small in square footage, but living large and full lives!

 

 

 

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June Fuentes

June Fuentes is the happy wife to Steve and blessed homeschooling mother to eight beautiful children that they are raising for the Lord. She has a heart to see mothers all around the world grasp the vision of biblical motherhood and to see this noble role restored in the 21st century to the glory of God. June strongly believes that weak homes equate a weak nation and therefore blogs at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home to minister to Christian women on how to build up strong Christian homes. She is also the owner of Raising Homemakers, and is the author of the encouraging eBooks, True Christian Motherhood and How to Build a Strong Christian Home. She is the founder of Wise Woman Consulting, her service to teach women how to successfully make money blogging at home and a consultant for Lilla Rose, where you can find unique and beautiful hair products. She would love for you to join her on the journey to biblical womanhood on Facebook and Twitter at @wisewomanbuilds.

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Giovanna February 6, 2017

Hi Jenny!

I have been thinking about doing this. Are there any breeds that you recommend? How many eggs does a chicken lay per day on an average? Thanks in advance!

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