Wondering what to expect during your first year with chickens?

This FREE handbook is packed full of facts about chickens


Dear Fellow Chicken Lover,

If you’re looking for information on how to care for chickens, this step-by-step guide is for you!

Your first year with chickens will be filled with many new experiences, from deciding what you need to raise chickens and learning how to care for baby chicks, to choosing the right chicken coop, learning about egg production and molting. You are in for an exciting journey!

And to get the most useful facts about chickens, you’ve definitely come to the right place. We are the folks from Backyard Poultry, the original chicken magazine, and we’ve partnered with Purina to help guide you through your first year with chickens with this free guide.

Use this free guide to get quick tips on what is happening each week as your chicks grow! Best of all, you can download it right now for free and get started immediately on your journey to chicken delights.

Week 1: Welcoming chicks home

You could scour the Internet, haunt the library and spend weeks researching in order to get facts about chickens. Or you could just read our free handbook in a few minutes and be ready to welcome your chicks home!

What’s more, this is no jargon-heavy, scientific tome. It’s a straightforward, down-to-earth guide written in friendly language to deliver experience-based advice that even the most novice poultry keeper will understand.

It’s organized by weeks, so you know what to expect during your first year. From offering questions to ask of your local municipality before buying chickens to a brooder guide – you will be ready to bring your baby chicks home and know how to keep them growing. Our guide will help you raise your chickens all the way through egg production and molting!

We even answer those questions you might think are too silly to ask – but aren’t!

How much space do I need once my chickens are grown?

Each bird will need 4 square feet of indoor space and 5-10 square feet of outdoor space when fully grown.

What do chickens like to eat?

Look for a starter feed for chicks with 18 percent protein to support early growth. Introduce layer feed when the birds reach 18 weeks old, to help support egg production.

What does a chicken coop need?

At the most basic level, coops need space for your birds, good ventilation, easy access for you to gather eggs, protection from predators, an area for feed and water, roosts and nests. The rest is personal preference.

As you can see, whatever you’re worried about, we’ve got the solution – and in many cases, the answer is a lot easier than you might have anticipated. There’s a reason why so many people are deciding to raise chickens in their backyards, after all. So what are you waiting for? It’s fun, manageable and rewarding! Just read our free guide and see!

All together, this handbook is designed to help you…

  • Learn what you need to get started with chickens
  • Discover how to raise chickens that are happy, healthy, productive and fun
  • Involve your family by sharing this week-by-week guide to keeping chickens
  • Choose the best chickens for your needs and preferences, whatever they are
  • Become an expert on how to raise chickens, no matter what your level of previous experience

In short, the first step to starting your chicken journey … is to download this FREE handbook right now!

Weeks 4-14: The teenage stage

When you start to read our free handbook, you’ll notice right away that it’s written to help you have fun even before you buy your first chicken. One of the best things about our magazine is that we don’t talk to our readers, we talk with them – so do our friends at Purina. They are learning many of their tips from the backyard coops they keep on their farm in Missouri.

You’ll read, for example, how life is just better with chickens. These facts about chickens will make your first year with chickens a breeze!

And of course you get all the practical advice you need, including:

  • 6 questions to ask your city officials before you buy your chickens
  • Tips on what to look for in starter-grower feed
  • Facts on chicken breeds – so you can choose which is right for you
  • Advice and instructions on setting up the brooder
  • The best ways to protect your flock from predators and diseases
  • 6 questions that will help you get your coop set up
  • Tips to get ready for egg production

You also get checklists to make it all incredibly user friendly!

This free guide takes the worry out of your first year – as your birds grow from fuzzy chicks to full-grown egg producers – and everything in between! Armed with these facts about chickens, you won’t just survive your first year with chickens … you will enjoy it!

We guide you through the process of setting up your brooder and bringing your chicks home, to getting your coop prepared, to free-ranging, dust bath DIY, and nest boxes. And, when it is time for your chickens to produce eggs, we’ve got you covered there, too!

Weeks 15-52 and beyond: Egg production and starting Year 2

Are you ready now to start learning about the first year with your chickens? Keeping chickens is incredibly fun and rewarding, as you’ll find out when you read this free handbook. Do you want your chickens for eggs or for meat? What color eggs do you want? Do you prefer docile chickens to more flighty – but hardier – hens? What is your climate like?

These are all questions we’ll have you answer for yourself to make it easier to decide. And the fun part is that there are literally hundreds of breeds to choose from, so you’ll be able to find exactly the right ones for your situation after you’re read our free guide.

What else will you be able to do when you’re finished reading?

  • Build a dust bath for your chickens
  • Identify your chickens’ gender
  • Feed your chickens exactly the right food
  • Find the perfect location for your coop
  • Harvest and enjoy – or even sell – dozens of your own eggs
  • Move gracefully into Year 2 of raising chickens

And above all …

  • Enjoy!

We hope you’ll download our free handbook immediately, because the sooner you read it, the sooner you and your family can start down your chicken journey.

Yours for the love of chickens,

Ellen Grunseth
for Countryside Network

PS:By now, you may be eager to buy your first chicks. But how do you get started? What do you need to raise chickens? What does a chicken coop need? No worries: We’ve got all the resources you need in our free guide: My First Year With Chickens.

PPS: Remember, thousands of backyard chicken farmers can’t be wrong. Join them today for all the joys and benefits – safe, healthy eggs, fun getting to know each personality, giving kids the responsibility for a new pet, even eggs and meat to sell – by reading our free handbook.

Comments
  • What should I do to get my chickens to lay eggs with a darker yolk..different diet ideas?

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    • Backyard hens are lucky chickens in the sense they get to dine on insects and grass. This simple fact will make their yolks a deep, deep yellow, unlike caged hens.

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  • My hens are in the hen house a lot is this because they are getting ready to lay

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    • If your looking info getting chickens for a family of four, I would suggest 4-5 chickens because you have 4 family members and since chickens usually lay around 1 egg a day! Crazy but they lay about 357 (depends of breed) a year! So if you do the math right, 1 egg from 1 chicken from 4-5 chickens u should get atleast 4 eggs a day for your family! This also might depend on your breed you might get! If you want lots of eggs I suggest leg horns and buff orpingtons, happy farming!

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    • Herbs are really good for chickens! But not a lot! If they eat to much herbs they could get it stuck in there throat!

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  • i live in Mexico city,and owner of a pretty big land and dreaming about getting flocks of diferents poultries..and sell them(eggs and meat,all organic”!!

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  • My chickens are 5 wks old. How long do they need a light at night?

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