Get Started Keeping ChickensChickens 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, and they don’t take a lot of space.  Keeping chickens is a quick way to 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.  It’s also packaged as a free email course! Sign up for your downloadable checklist and email course right here:

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

Backyard chickens are one of the best pets that you can keep.  They are easy to keep and require very little attention compared to most pets such as dogs.  Plus, they give you eggs in return for a little bit of care and attention!

If you want the best of the Farming My Backyard’s chicken wisdom featured below , but compiled into one easy to read source, check out my book, Backyard Chickens: How To Have A Happy Flock.

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And of course you are always welcome to browse the free posts below!

How Can You Help Avoid Chicken Illnesses?

How Can You Help Avoid Chicken Illnesses?

Even though backyard flocks tend to be exceptionally healthy, there are things that you can do to avoid chicken illnesses ...
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8 Tips For Keeping Chickens Cool In The Summer

8 Tips For Keeping Chickens Cool In The Summer

When the weather gets hot, it can mean trouble for your birds.  Whenever the temperature gets above 90 degrees it ...
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What Is The Best Chicken Bedding To Use In Your Coop_

What Is The Best Chicken Bedding To Use In Your Coop?

One of the inescapable facts of keeping chickens is that they produce waste.  One of the best reasons for raising ...
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Do You Need To Wash Farm Fresh Eggs_

Do You Need To Wash Farm Fresh Eggs?

One of the most popular questions new chicken keepers ask is, should I wash my eggs?  Commercial eggs are required ...
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Pros and Cons of Raising Guinea Fowl

by Rebekah It’s a chicken--no, it’s a turkey--wait...it’s a guinea fowl!  Guinea fowl are among the most misunderstood of all the ...
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The Top Farming My Backyard Posts Of 2017

The Top Farming My Backyard Posts Of 2017

Wow, I can hardly believe 2017 is just about over.  Is it just me or is time going like, super ...
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How Much Do Chickens Cost?

How Much Do Chickens Cost?

Raising your own food is often considered a good way to cut down on costs, but is that always the ...
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Chicken Diseases You Need To Know About

Chicken Diseases You Need To Know About

One of the best things about small residential flocks of chickens is that they tend to be exceptionally healthy.  Many ...
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Everything You Wanted To Know About Chicken Eggs

Everything You Wanted To Know About Chicken Eggs

The whoooooole point of raising chickens is for the awesome chicken eggs.  Home grown chicken eggs are more colorful and ...
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Deworming Chickens- Do You Need To Worry About It

Deworming Chickens: Do You Need To Worry About It?

Most chickens have some worms, but it isn't a problem until the chicken becomes overwhelmed with too many.  Then it ...
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Be Ruthless With Chicken Mites And Obnoxious Bugs

Be Ruthless With Chicken Mites And Obnoxious Bugs

Eww!  My chicken's feathers are dirty in the back.  These feathers are broken, but it's not time for a molt ...
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How Do You Know If You Have A Sick Chicken?

How Do You Know If You Have A Sick Chicken?

If you have kept chickens for any length of time you may find yourself wondering, how do I know if ...
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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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How To Raise Pastured Meat Chickens In The City

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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How To Make An Automatic Chicken Waterer

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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Chickens Take Dust Baths (But It Looks Like A Frenzy)!

Chickens Take Dust Baths (But It Looks Like A Frenzy)!

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_

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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15 Chicken Keeping Mistakes To Avoid

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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Trimming Flight Feathers Is A Quick And Easy Skill

Trimming Flight Feathers Is A Quick And Easy Skill

The other night the kids and I were sitting at the table having a bedtime snack when all of the ...
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8 Tips For Winter Chicken Care That Will Keep Your Birds Happy

8 Tips For Winter Chicken Care That Will Keep Your Birds Happy

Usually when people think of keeping chickens they envision spring, with lots of cute chicks and delicious eggs.  But once ...
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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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Here's How To Make Your Own Chick Brooder Box

Here’s How To Make Your Own Chick Brooder Box

If you're going to raise your own chicks, you definitely will need a chick brooder box!  Under NO circumstances use ...
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Is Letting Your Chickens Free Range Right For You_

Is Letting Your Chickens Free Range Right For You?

One of my favorite part of keeping hens is watching them free range throughout the day.  They are so fun ...
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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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How To Raise Your Chickens On An Urban Pasture For The Best Eggs

How To Raise Your Chickens On An Urban Pasture For The Best Eggs

When people think about backyard chickens, usually they imagine keeping them in a coop and run enclosure.  There can be ...
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The Secret Trick To The Best Nest Box Ever

The Secret Trick To The Best Nest Box Ever

 A couple years ago I desperately wanted to get rabbits.  My husband most certainly did not want rabbits.  So I ...
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Are Heritage Meat Chicken Breeds The Best?

Are Heritage Meat Chickens 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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