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‘Chicken Math’: Considerations for Growing a Chicken Flock Responsibly

| 4/2/2019 6:04:00 AM

DIY Chicken Coop House 

Finally, our homesteading dreams became a reality when my husband and I purchased a beautiful log home in the small Wisconsin town of Palmyra in 2013. We began with a blank piece of land and quickly started dreaming of ways to make it our own.


With our two young children we decided to head to a local feed store and purchase the very first animals for our new farm. We came home with seven chickens not realizing these seven chickens would be the gateway to a future hobby farm. Years later and too many chickens to count, we have successfully raised cows, goats, rabbits, honeybees, ducks and more. But many, many chickens.


This chicken addiction has blossomed into a small business of our own that I now run full time. I make soaps using our goat’s milk and eggs from the farm and also enjoy teaching beginners soap classes. But before this farm-business success, there were many lessons learned for how to grow a flock of chickens responsibly.

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