by Tammy Taylor
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Last year we dipped our toe into the raising-chickens waters. We bought day-old chicks and raised them until fall when we sold them (we didn’t want to attempt to overwinter last year) Oh how much fun they were to raise! We free-ranged them and they made quite a dent in the grasshopper population and an incredible impact on the fly reduction on our cows in the barn pens.
Oh yeah, and they gave us FRESH EGGS! We knew that as spring drew closer we’d consider again if we wanted to raise chickens. The verdict is in: Um, YES PLEASE!
Last year I learned to preserve the egg-production overage and even though we sold the hens last fall we’re just now running out of frozen eggs. So the timing couldn’t be more perfect. This year we decided we’d buy four, but we’d buy them as hens instead of chicks. A sweet friend offered to sell us four of her young hens that she hatched out of her incubator last June. She told me that she hatched out various breeds including Australorps, Buff Orpingtons, Delawares, and Bantams.
When we got the hens back to the ranch we initially set them up in the chicken tractor and placed it in the new veggie raised-beds RancherMan built. The chickens are really enjoying the green rye grass that’s sprouted in the garden. RancherMan & I simply move the *chicken tractor at least once each day to fresh ground.
They’ll only be confined to the chicken tractor while they do their job in the garden. In a few days we’ll move them to the chicken coop in the barn and they’ll go to free-range status. Come see how we Train our Free-Range Chickens to come back to the barn to roost each night.
I loved raising chickens last year and it looks like this year is going to be a blast as well. Now c’mon veteran chicken raisers, help a girl out with some proper identifications!
- How To Teach Free-Range Chickens To Come HOME
- Breaking The Broody Hen
- What Color Eggs Will My Chickens Lay?
- MYO Low-Waste Chicken Feeder
- Keeping Wild Birds Away From Your Chicken Feeder
- Nutritional Difference Of Free-Range Eggs
- How To Protect Seedlings From Free-Range Hens
- Keeping Our Chickens Mite Free
- How To Get Free Chicken Food
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