Raising Poultry: A Mini-Manual for Getting Started

Consult this poulty mini-manual if you want to get started with chickens on your homestead.



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Raising your own flock of chickens comes with many benefits: eggs, chicken manure fertilizer, meat, and lots of fun!
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Use a chicken brooder to keep your chicks warm as they grow.
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When chickens are little, you can feed them out of flat feed troughs. After they are six to eight weeks old, you'll want an automatic feeder that holds about 100 pounds of mash. Here's a nifty feeder we designed and used for years when we raised a lot of chickens. It's made of scrap pieces of 1-by-12 and 1-by-4 wood, and a few other odds and ends.
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Use up-turned jars on pie pans for make-do chicken waterers.
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Chicks don't require much: feed, waterers and a warm spot.
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Give your chickens a comfy place to roost.
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If your chickens need supplemental feed outdoors, try to find a large, used plastic feeder for a small fee.
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Having loads of fun raising chickens? Why not add geese to the mix next?!
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