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How to Brood Baby Chicks
Friday, March 28, 2014, 8:11 PM

Acquiring Baby Chicks

As we described in the previous article, How to Order and Choose Chicken Breeds, you can order chicks online through a hatchery, and they will send them through the US Postal Service. Most hatcheries will send you chicks for $2-$3 each, but they require that you order at least 15. This allows the chicks to huddle up with each other to keep warm enough to survive the trip. If you want less than 15 chicks, as many people do, one company, MyPetChicken.com, will send small amounts of baby chicks. They provide a temporary heater with the chicks to keep the heat up during the trip to make up for the low numbers. They do charge a bit more though, but it is still inexpensive. » Read more

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Chick in Brooder: Phil Williams

How to Order and Choose Chicken Breeds

First steps in raising chickens
Monday, March 24, 2014, 5:38 PM

If you are planning to start a flock of chickens or add to an existing flock, it is a good idea to do this earlier rather than later, as many hatcheries will sell out of certain breeds by spring time. If you are planning to order day old chicks, there are a few things that you should know about before placing that first order. » Read more

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Time to Order Your Baby Chicks

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Time to Order Your Baby Chicks

It's a good time of year to start your flock or add to it.

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Free Range Chickens

Raising Your Own Chickens

The basics of having backyard chickens
Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 11:02 AM

A major theme of this site is improving resiliency and preparing for a different future than we may be used to at present. One good way that is receiving growing interest is keeping your own chickens for eggs or meat. In this brief article, I will show that raising chickens is fun, easy, and provides many benefits, regardless of the need to prepare for the potential risks of Peak Oil or economic downturns.

There are many great resources on chickens already out there, with more detailed information than can be contained in this article. I’ll just highlight the basics here and share some of my personal experiences that have been successful. » Read more