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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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“Perch” Perfect “Roosting” Chickens!

It’s amazing to watch the way in which innate instincts in a young pullet reveal themselves as she adapts to her new surroundings.  Earlier, I mentioned some of the things I’ve been learning as a new pullet manager; namely, that the roost or perch bars I had installed were to high for my new pullets. …

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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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