Backyard Chicken Basics

They’re less work than pets and more fun than an Xbox. Plus, they provide delicious, nutritious eggs.



Chickens in the Garden
Chickens love to hunt for worms and bugs in freshly turned soil. 
DUSTY BOOTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Yellow Chicks
Chickens are entertaining even when they’re only a day old. 
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Chickens Eating Bread
Chickens relish many types of “treats” that might otherwise be compost or garbage: stale bread, vegetable peelings and more. 
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Chick Waterer
Baby chicks require special equipment. If you use a waterer that’s designed for full-grown birds, the chicks may drown. 
CLAUDIA WIZNER
Chicken Coop
Chickens don’t necessarily need housing this fancy, but you must protect them from predators — including neighborhood dogs. 
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