Consider Raising Backyard Chickens in 2023!


I have been curious for the past few years about raising backyard chickens. This is something I plan to do when I move out of my city apartment.

My parents who live in the suburbs have neighbors with backyard chickens and seem to enjoy their chickens and of course the eggs. How nice to not have to run to the grocery store each time you run out of eggs.

Over the holidays while traveling in Vermont to visit family. I stopped into a local Feed store and had a great conversation with the owner who also has a 10-acre farm. He has raised chickens since he was a boy and continued the tradition with his family. Bob Stevens agreed to take the time to answer my Q and A. His responses are so valuable and I thank him for taking the time to respond and share his knowledge.

Q: Bob, how can someone get started raising chickens?

A: First, choose the right breed: Different breeds of chickens have different characteristics, so it’s important to choose the right ones for your needs. For example, some breeds are good egg layers, while others are more suitable for meat production. Consider the climate you live in, the space you have available, and your personal preferences when selecting a breed.

Q: Where do you keep your chickens?

You can build or purchase a coop: Chickens need a safe and secure place to sleep and lay eggs, so you’ll need to provide them with a coop. You can build your own coop or purchase one pre-made. Make sure the coop is well-ventilated, easy to clean, and provides plenty of room for your chickens to move around. You can find coops online to purchase.

Q: How do you care for your chickens?

A: Vital- provide a secure run: Chickens need space to roam and forage, so it’s a good idea to set up a secure run for them. The run should be fenced in to keep…

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