Wondering how to raise chickens in your backyard?

This FREE handbook is like enrolling in Owning Chickens 101

Dear Fellow Chicken Lover,

If you’re looking for information on how to raise chickens, you’re not alone!

After all, chickens make great pets, as well as providing eggs and meat. They have personalities, just like dogs and cats, and they can live well over a decade, all while providing 200-300 eggs per year each! And you’ll know exactly what’s gone into the chickens whose eggs you eat (or sell!), and how they’re treated. Literally thousands of other people just like you are becoming backyard chicken farmers – more every day!

And to get the best possible information, you’ve definitely come to the right henhouse today. We are the folks from Backyard Poultry magazine, the original chicken magazine! We not only love our chickens – from tiny Dutch bantams to massive Black Jersey Giants – we also love to help other people enjoy the joys of keeping poultry, whether it’s on a farm or in the city. That’s why we’ve written this FREE handbook, Best Backyard Chickens: Facts about Chickens, Best Chickens for Eggs, Raising Meat Chicken Breeds, What to Feed Chickens & Easy Chicken Coops to Build.

You can tell just from the title that this handbook has you covered from A to Z! Best of all, you can download it right now for free and get started immediately on your journey to chicken delights.

How to raise chickens, Step 1

You could scour the Internet, haunt the library and spend weeks researching in order to learn how to raise chickens. Or you could just read our free handbook in a few minutes and be ready to order chicks tomorrow!

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

It’s organized into five steps that our collective experts all agree you should take to help you get your chicken coop up and running, and your flock producing, along with award-winning articles, books and online resources to help you. You’ll learn about following – or changing – your local municipality’s laws regarding backyard chickens, choosing chickens, building a coop (how about that combined playhouse/coop you’ll see here!), what to feed chickens and keeping them healthy.

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

Do I need a rooster to get my hens to lay eggs?

Nope, not unless you want chicks. (And that’s not a dumb question: It’s the most commonly-asked question out there.)

How much do chickens eat?

A typical laying hen will consume around four to six ounces of feed each day with an increase during cold months and a decrease during warm months.

How do I get chickens back into the coop at night?

You don’t! Most of the time, they’ll do it on their own! Isn’t it great raising chickens?

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 handbook and see!

All together, this handbook is designed to help you…

  • Learn the ins and outs of raising chickens at home
  • Discover how to raise chickens that are happy, healthy, productive and fun
  • Involve your children and teach them responsibility
  • 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 becoming a chicken expert … is to download this FREE handbook right now!

How to raise chickens, Step 2

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 – and many of their personal chicken adventures are shared in this handbook!

You’ll read, for example, about Sarah, the buff Brahma hen who serves as a mascot for the “Sara”-sota Cluck Chicken Group. And about Ro-Ho the rooster, whose antics rounding up his flock of hens every evening prompted his owner to set up chairs for the neighbors who regularly come to enjoy them!

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

  • The top 10 questions about raising chickens answered
  • Tips for getting your community to legalize backyard chickens
  • Facts on chicken breeds
  • Advice and instructions on building inexpensive coops
  • The best ways to protect your flock from predators and diseases
  • Information on breeding
  • Even chicken recipes!

You also get checklists to make it all incredibly user friendly, plus a whole flock of links to additional information from our website!

Now, we know that if you’re new to backyard chickens, all of this might seem a bit intimidating. Most people grew up owning cats or dogs, not chickens, so it’s not exactly something you may be comfortable with. All kinds of worries may crop up in your head: How do I know what kind of chickens to get? Where do I house my chickens? What if my chickens get sick? Will my neighbors be upset? How do I get my chickens to lay eggs?

Relax! We’ve got all the answers. We’ll guide you through the process of choosing the breeds that are right for you, help you build the perfect chicken coop, teach you about preventing diseases, give you advice for keeping the neighbors happy and explain how to keep your flock happy and productive. And remember, all of this is free – so you can save your money to buy chickens, of course!

How to raise chickens, Step 3

Are you ready now to start learning? Keeping chickens is incredibly fun and rewarding, as you’ll find out when you read this free handbook. For starters, just deciding which breeds you want is entertainment all by itself! 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 handbook.

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

  • Convince your community to legalize backyard chickens
  • Build or buy the perfect chicken coop
  • Feed your chickens exactly the right food
  • Get your chickens exercising to keep them healthy and happy
  • Harvest and enjoy – or even sell – dozens of your own eggs
  • Breed your flock to improve productivity

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 begin reaping the rewards of raising, playing with and harvesting the products of your new chicken flock. And that’s not just chicken feed!

Yours for the love of chickens,

Mike Campbell
for Countryside Network

PS: By now, you may be eager to buy your first chicks. But where to do it? Who can you trust? No worries: We’ve got all the resources you need in Best Backyard Chickens: Facts about Chickens, Best Chickens for Eggs, Raising Meat Chicken Breeds, What to Feed Chickens & Easy Chicken Coops to Build for buying with confidence!

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.

  • It should not be so hard to get a “free” report. You already have my e-mail (the system told me). Then you want a password — really? This is a secret society. I can’t remember a password for every silly download. Too much trouble. Not worth the effort. If you have my e-mail address, just send the report.

  • Great reading and info for newbies like myself “keep it coming”

  • How can anyone acquainted with chickens eat them? It’s like eating your cat or dog.

    • I completely agree with you. It’s heartbreaking to read this over and over again. The speak about love for these animals, yet they use them for their own benefit and see them as commodities. Kill them or dispose of them, especially roosters in ways they would never do to a dog or a cat. Glad mine live with us, a vegan family. We rescued them as people usually rescue dogs or cats, to save their lives, without expecting nothing in return.

      • fried chicken is delicious – however mine are not fryers – they are only egg layers. I don’t treat them like a family pet either tho. They are treated as stock, like my geese, cattle and so forth. I raise them for eggs and that is it. I only keep a rooster for protection for the hens. I am not a vegan, or vegetarian – I enjoy eating eggs, bacon, and giving the extra eggs to family members. When my chickens stop laying because of old age – they are given to people who can use them as food. My dogs and cats are treated like family because they interact with family. We live on a farm and everyone has a job to do 🙂

    • Sounds to me like a true city dweller. Being a mountain man who has lived on a farm and off the land my entire life, eating farm animals and hunted animals is not an issue at all. This includes the dog, cat, horse, goat, chicken or any other animal I own when it comes down to it. Where I live the closest store is 20 miles away. I grow my own fruit and veggie’s, hunt for and raise my own meat, make my own cheese, heat my home with wood and pretty much just live off the land. The type of free life America was founded on and you city people have forgotten about. 1 deer, a couple chickens and the veggie’s I grow feed my family for an entire year. How many animals die to keep Wally-Worlds shelves full for your weekly trip to their grocery dept? Get a life lady. I already have one.

      • Sounds like you’re ready for what’s coming. (At least physically)

      • My parents and family grew up on the farm and my Dad (who is 92) has lots of stories about the great depression and how they had no money, but they were never hungry. Such a large family, (14 children), my grandmonther made 100 biscuits every morning on a cast iron wood burning stove. I live on a small farm on the edge of the city, but I wish I had the energy and physical stamina to do what you are doing. It is so much healthier both physically and mentally. Plus – your children will be safer from this country that is so divided. I admire you. Keep up the good work.

  • An Agri Extention Offiser told me that chicken menjor is the best. I build my first coop with almost anything, l lay hands on. It’s time to built a proper coop.

  • Hi Dominique – Thank you for the offer and we will keep you in mind! At this time, we aren’t currently onboarding new digital writers. ~Steph (Online Editor)

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  • For me it was vital to get some help from one person who knew what they were doing. I didn’t find a solution checking out lots of youtube videos because there were so many conflicting ideas.

  • I would be grateful if you would send me your booklet on raising chickens, many thanks Dave

  • I am receiving two copies of Backyard Poultry now. I may have tried to add to my subscription on-line and caused this confusion?-Ralph

    • Hi Ralph,
      We’ll talk to your customer service team and have them reach out to you. Thanks for the heads up. ~Steph (Online Editor)

    • Some people find a low wattage light bulb works for them. We use a heated waterer though as a bulb would not work.

  • This has been great information on raising chickens. I love learning to do this.

  • I have a question about my backyard hen that was attacked by a coyote one week ago. She got bit on the thigh. I have her isolated, she is eating drinking and still pooping but she will not put any weight on her leg. How long do I nursed her and when do I know when enough is enough? You advice is greatly appreciated.

  • to of my chickens have no feathers on the their rear and looks like they have the runs, i have dewormed them but doesnt seem to stop the runs in them .Any information would be apperated

    • I read that 1tsp of Epson Salt to every cup of water does the job. Do it till it goes away. I’m fixin to try it.

  • How do you treat a little hens foot when the toes curl? Now the other foot has begun to do the same thing. Makes walking difficult. Would splinting help?

  • I have two Roosters I plan on separating them. How long would a Rooster need to be with the Hens before we could know the Eggs were fertilized exclusively by the Rooster we want the Hens to breed with.

  • Love my chickens! I am always open to learning more and picking up new ideas!

  • will sex links set and hatch eggs i had some black sex links and they never set or hatched eggs

  • I have a chicken that her beak is twisted on the top. Her top beak crosses over her bottom beak. She is eating and drinking fine. Is she OK? Also I have a chicken that is eating the eggs, I don’t know which one it is but how do you break them of that

  • i want to start a backyard chickens, where I can find coop? How can manufacture it?
    supply me with more information regarding the structure where I will accommodate chickens

  • Just starting with this. I have 5 chicks (silkies) and already can’t wait to get more. I’m a little nervous cause the little one is looking a little weak. Any suggestions?

  • I now live back in the country for life. I went to start raising chickens in town, well naturally city didn’t approve. So I got a place out of town, now I am fixing up the hen house.no doors or windows. to keep coyotes out I play a radio 24/7 don’t cost much to run an in 2 yrs never lost any animal or eggs to wild critters.

  • People thinking about getting chicks for pets, eggs, or meat please do research. I’ve researched for several weeks. Don’t take one resources word for granted. Research breeds you are considering. Different breeds may have different needs. Research problems that may arise before they happen. Research different preventive methods to those possible problems.


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