guest post by Justin Rhodes
Some folks think raising chickens is too difficult or too much of a learning curve. But once you are comfortable with some of the terminology and the basics of chicken care, you’ll see how easy it is to get started. Thinking of starting with chickens and/or convincing someone else? Check out the video below, and click here for free bonuses and other free videos (just sign in with your email address). I’ve also included text that outlines the video for your convenience.
Brooder – For raising chickens until they’re three weeks old (DIY).
Shavings – Pine shaving from your local feed/farm store.
Feed pans – I like the rubber ones from Miller Manufacturing (from your local farm store).
Waterer – I like the vacuum seal type that you can get at your farm store (or Amazon).
Food – Organic or non-GMO from a feed store. Starter Feed until their six weeks old. Grower Feed until they’re 5 months old and Layer feed beyond that.
Feeders – Can be acquired at your local farm store.
Dirt trap for your waterer and feeder – DIY. I’ll show you more in the video.
Small feed pans (for grit) – Get at a local feed store.
Grit – Small rocks they eat to break down food. Get this out of the creek or buy them at the farm store.
Heat lamp – Maybe not necessary, but can be acquired at the farm store. I’ll tell you how to use it in the video.
Little cardboard box – my little trick for keeping the new chicks warm at night.
Dust bath – Yep, chickens need dirt baths. DIY with a plastic bin from Target.
Housing – DIY ideas coming in the next video.
Electric fencing – I love mobile, electric net from Premier 1.
Energizer for that fence – Pick one up at your local farm store.
Finally, CHICKENS – Three of my favorite breeds: Black Australorp, Rhode Island Red, Barred Plymouth Rock.
Timeline for getting started.
Early in the week (Spring time) – Order/buy your supplies.
Friday, after work – Set up the brooder.
Friday night/Saturday morning – Pick up your chicks.
Saturday – Build your housing that you’ll use in about three weeks.
Three weeks – Transition outside into their housing.
18 weeks – Butcher the males.
5-9 months – get your first eggs.
Two years – get new chicks to replace the “old ladies.”
Two years (in the late fall) – butcher your “old ladies”.
Four essentials for keeping them alive and happy:
1) Clean water (would you drink it?)
2) Food – As many creative feeds as possible. More in the next video.
3) Sunshine and wind (nature’s sanitizer).
4) Predator proofing: Use electric fence, put them up at night, all no more than 1” openings on their coop, and you’ve eliminated 95% of your predator problems.
Three Things you might be thinking:
I already have chickens and some experience – (I can teach you so much more).
Too expensive (easily get started for less than $400, but you get eggs, meat, work, and connection,….priceless).
It’s too hard. Nope, it’s less than 10 minutes a day in chores. Can’t be beat.
Quick Tip –
Download the FREE getting started package found on the video page. The free chapter from the movie, the micro ebook and the worksheet. Print it out. Just that act prepares you for the next step when you’re ready.
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