Wondering what to expect during your first year with chickens?

This FREE handbook is packed full of facts about chickens

Dear Fellow Chicken Lover,

So, you are starting on your chicken adventure! Make sure to download this FREE guide to get you started on the right foot.

Do you have the equipment you need to raise your flock? Which brooder is right for your needs? What type of chicken do you want? Are you raising your chickens for meat or eggs or both? What do you do if your chickens get sick? Do you know what to look for?

You’ve definitely come to the right place to get the your questions answered and the most useful facts about chickens. We are the folks from Backyard Poultry, the original chicken magazine, and we’ve partnered with Purina® to give you a week-by-week description of what to expect with your new flock.

Use this free guide to get quick tips on what’s best to help your chicks grow! Best of all, you can download it right now for free and get started immediately on your chicken journey.

What to do Before Your Chickens Arrive

You could scour the Internet, haunt the library and spend weeks researching in order to get ready for your new flock. 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 so you know what to expect during your first year. From descriptions of breeds and the type of eggs they produce 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!

When will chicks be moved to their “adult” coop?

The short answer is 6-8 weeks. That’s why you will want to make sure to plan for your coop right away. 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.

Where can I purchase chicks?

Make sure chicks are from a credible U.S. Pullorum-Typhoid Clean hatchery that vaccinates chicks for Marek’s Disease and coccidiosis. When purchasing, be sure to ask the correct questions, including: breed, gender and if the chicks are vaccinated.

What do I feed my chickens and how does that change as they grow?

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.

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 discussing the pros and cons of various breeds
  • 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!

Mature Hens: It’s Egg-Laying Time

Learn what helps determine how many eggs your flock will lay with help from our friends at Purina®. 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. We explain how lighting, temperature, and chicken feed play a role.

You’ll also read, 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:

  • How to protect your flock from Coccidiosis
  • 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 basics that will help you get your coop set up
  • A guide to sick chicken symptoms

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 picking the best feeders and waterers. And if your chickens get sick, we’ve got you covered there, too!

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?

  • Keep your flock safe from predators
  • Identify what color eggs your chickens will produce
  • 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.


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