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Chicken and Egg: Raising dual purpose chickens

I recently got a question from Lorraine, a backyard chicken farmer. Lorraine asks: “I am a backyard farmer and want to do free range chickens for meat and eggs. Can I use the mass produced broiler chicks for this? I hate putting my chickens in small cages. How long does it take for the chickens …

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A word on standards…

As fun, rewarding, and interesting as raising your own chickens can be, it’s also work! Great and worthwhile work, but work nonetheless. Paying attention to the details while raising chickens in their environment is really important. Being a chicken manager isn’t the easiest or hardest thing you’ll ever do, but it’s worth it! It is …

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The first night with our layer chickens: April 26, 2013

April 26 was an exciting day! We we brought home twelve 19-week-old starter pullets (young hen) from a reputable pullet operation here in Ontario.  These beautiful pullets are ready to lay. By manipulating their feed (or ration) a bit and helping to increase their day length (I’ll explain in detail later), the hormones of these …

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How do you know you have a healthy chick?

Healthy chicks become healthy chickens! So how do you know you have a healthy chick? Here are a few tips to keep in mind: ▪ Your chick should be vibrant and active. ▪ Your chick should vocalize contentedly. Is your chick engaged and vocal? ▪ Your chick should be alert. ▪ Your chick should be …

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Chickens at home: it’s for your family!

One of the most rewarding experiences a parent can share with their child is to help them learn life lessons by raising an animal. Unlike a domestic pet, exposure to chickens can teach lessons of health, environmental awareness, and food consciousness. My children learned discipline through the daily chores associated with our farm animals including …

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