Backyard Chickens for Beginners

Backyard Chickens A Staple for DIYer’s

backyard chickensIf you don’t have chickens but have been thinking about getting and keeping backyard chickens this is an easy decision if you like eggs and, well, chicken.

I think that if the world were ever to slide back into dark ages, or something like it, those who had chickens, rabbits and know how to garden are going to be alright or at least better off than most.

I’ve been keeping backyard chickens for over 5 years and we currently have 1 rooster and 12 hens plus 2 hen Rouen ducks and I am giving eggs away all the time. The only thing I have to do is keep them fed, watered and pay attention to make sure there are no sicknesses starting or varmints working their way into the coop.

I’ve not had to deal with any sicknesses because I am preventative when it comes to dealing with that issue. I add a completely natural preventative to their water called Vetrx Poultry Aid and have not had a chick or chicken die or even get sick for the last 5 years. Additionally I make sure that I do not crowd the birds in their coop and that they have plenty of feed fresh air, water and sunshine, even throughout the winter.

What I Feed My Backyard Chickens

I also buy my chicken feed from the Amish who do not add any hormones or anything other than natural ingredients the feed they make. They, just like the big feed companies, have to provide a label with a list of ingredients and gross protein. I suppose they could be falsifying the info like anybody else could, but my chickens haven’t suffered any ill effects.

Along with the completely organic feed I give my chicken’s well water to drink, so in all they eat very well and there’s nothing in their water that would cause an issue for them, or me.

Organic Chicken for Dinner!

In the spring I collect eggs to hatch and raise around 50 birds destine for the dinner table. I can tell you that without a doubt it is the best chicken I have ever eaten! The chicken from the super market or from a restaurant is tasteless in comparison.

If you are wondering if you should start keeping chickens, wonder no more. Do it! It isn’t hard and if you are willing to learn a little you shouldn’t have any issue you can’t find the answer to. If I can do it then you can definitely do it!

What kind of chickens are you thinking of keeping? Just for eggs or for both eggs and meat?




  1. Gail

    April 21, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    I finally got brave and bought 2 female chickens. 1 is Cochin. The guy said they lay dark brown eggs. I want to do organic feed but the man said I really need medicated feed until they are full grown is that true?
    We are looking for land to start a small farm and I can get use to it somewhat with 2 chickens lol but have a lot to learn. I appreciate your help

    • Steve Hales

      April 22, 2018 at 12:14 am

      I have never fed my chickens or chicks medicated food. It is important that you keep their coop reasonably clean, there water clean and fresh and good quality food. I buy my food from the Amish but sometimes I get it from tractor supply – neither is medicated. I think the biggest thing is keeping them dry and give them good shelter from the elements and your chickens should be fine. There will be some trial and error but be patient and you will find what works best for you. Thanks!

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