Raise Backyard Chickens for Eggs and Meat: An Overview


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Given the past crazy year of pandemic and food shortages, many people are deciding it would be wise to raise some of their own food. But most of us don’t have the land to grow our own grain, nor raise our own livestock. What’s an erstwhile hobby-survivalist to do?

Once you’ve started a small vegetable garden, one of the easiest ways to provide some of your own food needs is with a small flock of backyard chickens. You can raise them for eggs, for meat, or for both. But you need to know a few things before running off to the farm store for chicks.

Following is an overview that will help you think through some things before you get started. You should also consider purchasing Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens which discusses the birds in more detail.

Municipal Regulations

flock of chickens 

Quite a few municipalities allow chickens (at least hens) these days - even in towns and cities. While hens will cluck when they lay eggs, only the roosters crow. Check with your local town or city government to see what the laws are in your area. If you live in a development, also check with the home owners’ association.

The Myths

Roosters only crow at sunrise. Nope, not true. Roosters crow because they like to, and they like to morning, noon, and night. Roosters aren’t a good idea if you have neighbors close by.

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