Chickens are what most people think about when they start considering urban homesteading.  There’s a good reason for that, chickens can be an easy livestock to start raising, they don’t take a lot of space, and they very quickly can start producing all the eggs your family will need.  Chickens can also be raised just part time for meat, or even as dual purpose birds!

They do have a little bit of learning curve, and there are things you can do to help your chickens have a happy life.  If you are thinking about getting chickens, but aren’t sure if they are right for you, please download my free e-guide Baby Steps To Backyard Chickens.

Baby Steps To Backyard Chickens comes with a free companion, a printable checklist to help you get ready for chickens.  Sign up for your downloadable checklist right here:

If you are sure you want chickens, or if you already have chickens, feel free to look through the available resources below!

Introducing New Chickens Without Causing a Bloodbath

Introducing New Chickens Without Causing a Bloodbath

Thinking about adding more chickens to your backyard flock?  Make sure you know how to properly integrate new birds into ...
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How Many Chickens Do I Need In A Successful Flock?

How Many Chickens Do I Need In A Successful Flock?

You are standing in the feed store starting at all the adorable fluffy chicks, wondering how many you should bring ...
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3 Excellent Places To Buy Chicks For A Healthy Flock

3 Excellent Places To Buy Chicks For A Healthy Flock

It's chick season! If you want to start your flock with chicks, or maybe add to an existing one, now ...
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New To Raising Chicks? Give Them The Best Care.

New To Raising Chicks? Give Them The Best Care.

It didn't take long after walking into the feed store just to look at the chicks before I fell in love ...
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3 Reasons Why You Need Chickens

You need chickens.  You really do.  Why?  Because chickens are awesome.  Why are they awesome?  They eat bugs, lay eggs, ...
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Can You Raise Meat Chickens In The City To Be More Self-Reliant?

We had laying hens for a bit before I wondered if it was possible to raise meat chickens and be more ...
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3 Rare Chicken Breeds You Need To Raise

Keeping a backyard flock means you can be a vital part of protecting heritage and rare chicken breeds.   (There ...
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How To Clean Your Chicken Coop The Right Way

You may think how to clean your chicken coop is pretty self explanatory.  Well it is, sort of.  But the ...
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55 Best Chicken Coops for Practical People by Farming My Backyard

55 Best Chicken Coops for Practical People

One of the first things you need if you are thinking about getting chickens is some kind of housing for ...
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Pastured Meat Chickens In The City

Raising meat chickens in the city can be a quick and easy way to provide some meat for yourself even ...
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Make an easy chicken waterer to keep your flock happy.

How To Make An Automatic Chicken Waterer

Making an automatic chicken waterer has been on my to do list for an embarrassingly long time.  For some reason ...
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If your chicken flops down onto the ground writhing, don't panic, it's probably taking a dust bath.

Why Do Chickens Take Dust Baths?

The first time I saw my chickens laying on the ground in little fluffy chicken heaps my heart skipped a ...
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Should You Put Your Compost Bin in the Chicken Run

Should You Put Your Compost Bin in the Chicken Run?

Want to know a secret?  It will improve the quality of your compost, speed up composting time, and aerate your ...
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Predator Proof Your Chicken Coop @ Farming My Backyard

Predator Proof Chicken Coops: A Simple Way To Protect Your Flock

There's nothing more devastating than waking up to chicken carnage.  Chickens are so wonderful, sometimes it seems like every creature ...
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Are Your Chickens Molting? Here’s What You Need To Know

It looked like chicken carnage in the coop.  There were feathers everywhere, and my heart sunk.  I quickly did head ...
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Will Raising Meat Chickens Save Money?

As I forked over $15 for small organic chicken at the grocery store a few years ago I had this ...
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Thinking about buying Chicken Hot Topics? Here's what I thought of the book.

Chicken Hot Topics Book Review

Getting chickens seems like a simple enough proposition. Give them a place to live, some food and water and bam! ...
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15 Chicken Keeping Mistakes to Avoid

In general chickens are pretty easy.  Even if you have no experience taking care of an animal a little reading ...
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Can You Have a Dog AND Chickens?

Can You Have a Dog AND Chickens?

Can you have a dog AND chickens?  Will the dog eat the chickens?  Can they be trained to protect your ...
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How To Hard Boil Fresh Eggs

Last week I wanted to make Russian Carrot Salad from Penniless Parenting.  I'm not a huge fan of carrots but ...
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Trimming Flight Feathers on Your Chickens

The other night the kids and I were sitting at the table having a bedtime snack when all of the ...
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Winter Chicken Care

We usually have mild winters here in Portland, Oregon, but this year we had a huge snow storm and I ...
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How To Make Your Own Animal Feeds

Once you've had chickens for a while you may want to experiment with making your own animal feeds.  Making your ...
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DIY Chick Brooder Box

We've raised four different batches of chicks and this is the year I've made an official chick brooder box. I ...
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Why I Free Range My Chickens

One of my favorite part of keeping hens is watching them through out the day as they do their chicken ...
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Fodder Feeding- How To Get Healthy Livestock AND Save Money

Fodder Feeding: How To Get Healthy Livestock AND Save Money

Fodder feeding sprouted grains to your backyard livestock is a great way to decrease feed costs while giving your chickens, ...
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Here’s Why You Should Absolutely Think About Coturnix Quail

Living in the city or on a smaller property means that keeping a breeding flock of chickens is difficult.  Often ...
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Here's a DIY nest box for rabbits or chickens that you can make out of scrap lumber.

DIY Nest Box for Rabbits or Chickens

I want rabbits. Edward does not. So I built nesting boxes for rabbits. Just in case we need them. Just ...
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Are Heritage Meat Chicken Breeds The Best?

We had the first of our first heritage meat chickens for dinner this week.  He was yummy, very chicken-y, but ...
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