Although most poultry is fairly low-maintenance, your flock still needs regular care when you’re away, and finding farm sitters isn’t always easy. … Read More
Raising backyard chickens is a great way to commit to a sustainable lifestyle that embraces the farm-to-table movement. Countryside Network is your source for getting up to speed on the benefits and challenges of keeping a backyard flock.
If you are interested in raising chickens for eggs, we’ll help you with the basics and beyond. We’ve got answers to common questions like: When do hens lay eggs? What are the best hens for laying eggs and do hens lay eggs every day? Eggs laid by your own backyard hens are not only tasty, but also nutritious. A ready supply of fresh eggs can contain as much as with two to three times more omega-3 fatty acids and one-third the cholesterol of industry-sourced eggs. This is especially true when you let your hens forage for bugs and plants in your own backyard. Did you know a backyard flock is also a wonderful solution for composting kitchen scraps? Plus, their waste can make an excellent fertilizer for your garden.
Raising backyard birds is not without its challenges. Your flock is susceptible to attacks by predators as well as disease. In addition, many urban areas still restrict homeowners from keeping backyard hens and roosters. Thankfully, many cities and suburban neighborhoods are revising their animal ordinances to make backyard poultry farming possible.
There are hundreds of different chicken breeds that come in just about every size, shape, personality and color, including the color of the eggs they lay. Some poultry owners swear by raising Silkie chickens while others prefer the resilient nature of Ameraucanas.
No matter what breed you select, all backyard flocks need access to well-balanced feed and a fresh water supply, and should be shielded from predators in a safe run and a sturdy coop.
Nobody wants to encounter a hen pecking in the coop; a few simple changes can block boredom in the winter time. … Read More