Where to start
Well now this is your first big step deciding the pros and cons and if you are up for the excitement of raising chickens.
Ask yourself a few simple questions:
So for the first big question “Why do I want chickens?” “Why should I?”
Well first off its fun. Yeah its work, but its something you and all your friends and family can jump right in and enjoy.
The real answer is for food whether it be for eggs or a good ol’ chicken leg. Chickens provide for us means to be self sufficient so we don’t rely on store goods. They provide eggs or meat also waste product that’s the real miracle grow for the garden. Also some things we may forget about until we go to enjoy a relaxing BBQ the bugs chickens are great for keeping the pest population down.
Am I able to follow through with the responsibility?
Now for responsibility if you can’t keep a gold fish don’t attempt chickens. Everyone has their own strengths and weakness and if you cant commit to feeding them and keeping their coop clean. Its the best for you and the chicks not to consider raising them.
Do I have room for chickens in my home or in in my yard?
Now that all the lazy’s have stopped reading we come to space. Now there are some that choose to keep their chickens as pets in the house but for most its an out door coop now if you live in a city where your neighbor is two feet from you its possible but I personally don’t recommend it.
Chickens don’t take much room at all but a free to roam chicken is the happiest at least able to go out doors and scratch in the dirt and maybe pick at some bugs and grass. Almost everyone has enough room for a few chickens.
Does my city allow chickens?
Now the the question that most are worried about does my city allow chickens.
Most cities have strict laws on farm animals as pets. Also in most cities they have a three hen ordnance that you are allowed but no roasters. You will have to check your city ordnance.
Can I afford chickens?
Yes you can afford chickens at the price of store bought goods nowadays if you eat eggs and chicken then one meal that you bought at the store will feed your chickens all month. If your serious about raising chickens you probably aren’t worried about spending money on feed you just want to know where your food is coming from and know its healthier.
Well if your answers were positive to those then join in the excitement and raise back yard chickens.
So now we are in to it, we want to go get some chicks right now but we got to slow down and think ahead. What breed of chicken do we want based on what our goal is for egg production or meat or as a feathered pet.
Their are many breeds of chickens out there. Check out one of the listed hatcheries on our where to buy chicks page. To see what breed best fits your purpose.
Where are they going to be in the house or do I need to buy or build a coop?
Some people use dog kennels or rabbit cages if they plan on keeping them indoors. Now if you don’t have the skills to
build a outdoor coop there are many available online or at your local farm and garden store. If you would like to building your own coop check out our building a coop page or watch video on coop building.
Now once you have what breed best suits you and a place for the chicks to call home its time to go shopping. Every woman’s love and every mans nightmare. First on the list a coop kennel cage or if you chose a large plastic tote for the first few weeks. Then a feeder and waterier chick feed and bedding. Yeah bedding I find that wood shavings worked the best for me and in a larger coop we use straw. You can check out amazon for a large selection of products or at your local farm and garden store. Now that your set for the chicks to call home. You can order your chicks from one of the great hatcheries listed on our where to buy chicks page. Also most farm and garden stores carry your most common poultry breeds in the spring of each year.