The Hearty Homestead

 

Raising Chickens In The Fall

Each year, the trend of backyard chickens continues to climb and it is no surprise that hatcheries are starting to meet the demands of those keeping chickens. Ordering little ones is no longer only a springtime tradition. Hatcheries are now meeting the desires of chick fever with ordering available through the summer and even into the fall and winter. There are some benefits to ordering them later in the season. Baby chicks grow quickly, so those living in milder fall and winter climates in the southern portion of the United States can easily be raising chickens even over the winter.

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Oyster Shell vs. Grit

If you’re new to chicken keeping, you might be confused about two products you have read about or seen on your feed store shelves: oyster shell and grit. While many use these two products interchangeably, each actually serves a very important, and very different, purpose for your chickens’ well-being.

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Flock Nutrition - Backyard Poultry Success

Welcome to the world of backyard poultry! What an exciting time for you and your family. One of the best things that you can do when it comes to raising chickens is to be sure that they are getting excellent nutrition. Starting out with good nutrition is key in how your chicks develop into grown chickens, future egg productivity, and their overall general health and longevity.

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Raising Chickens - Baby Chicks in 3 Easy Steps

I don't know about your neck of the woods, but around here it's baby chick time.  They are at all the Farm Stores.  They are at the Feed Mill.  They are at the Horse Supply.  Here a chick, there a chick, everywhere a chick-chick.

Baby Chicks, baby ducks, baby guineas, baby poultry are everywhere!

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Raising Chickens with P. Allen Smith

Looking for expert advice from someone who know's poultry?

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Organic Options for Chicken Keepers

As you and your family spend time with your new baby chicks, you will find yourself amazed at how quickly they grow, feather out, and develop their own unique personalities. We love to keep chickens for many reasons. These include keeping them as fun pets, for delicious eggs, on-going entertainment, organic pest control and to provide manure for our compost pile. However, I feel one of the most important reasons I keep chickens is that I want to know where my food comes from and that it's safe for me and my family.  The chickens have become part of our family and we have become part of theirs. Caring for our flock on a daily basis helps to keep them healthy and thriving. In my opinion, one of the best things you can do for your families, whether human or feathered, is to start them off with excellent nutrition.

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Starting Your Flock Off Right

Spring is here and as the days slowly grow longer it seems that many of us are dreaming of spring chicks. It's that time of year when we page through breeder catalogs, search the internet for our must have breeds, and begin to hear the peeping of baby chicks at our local feed stores. Soon enough you and your family will welcome chicks into your backyards and into your lives.

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