Backyard Chickens 101

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Whether you’re raising chickens in your backyard or running a larger scale operation, GRIT Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Hank Will, explains the basics of what you should know to succesfully raise backyard chickens from brooder to coop. Backyard chickens not only provide your family with fresh meat and eggs, but they can help reduce the number of common pests around the farm.

More on Backyard Chickens from MOTHER EARTH NEWS: Any brooder must be designed to minimize stress, since stress drastically reduces the chicks’ immunity, making them susceptible to diseases they might otherwise resist. Stress is minimized by making sure the chicks are neither too cool nor too warm; have a clean, safe environment; are provided sufficient space for their numbers; and can always find feed and water.

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