Ten Commandments for Raising Chickens, Part I

Tips from MOTHER EARTH NEWS' veterinarian for raising chickens at your homestead, small farm, or even back yard.



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Curious chicks step from their brooder into a bright new world. A good chicken house is one of the first things you need when you start raising chickens.
PHOTO: RANDY KIDD
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Chickens enjoy foraging in the garden, so be careful.
RANDY KIDD
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Back in the nest box, Mom announces another egg.
RANDY KIDD
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These Rhode Island Reds perch on a roost made from a 2x2 (round all edges, and allow 10 a bird).
RANDY KIDD
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Wash feeders and waterers often to keep them clean.
RANDY KIDD
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Note the erect posture, clear eyes and full plumage of this healthy bird.
RANDY KIDD











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