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Chicken Tractors

Chicken Tractor

Chicken Tractors

Chicken tractors give you some on the benefits of free ranging, without the drawbacks and dangers of full free range chickens. The chicken tractor is, in it’s simplest form, a moveable chicken coop. There are many different philosophies and opinions of how to use the chicken tractor properly to benefit the chickens and the farmer, however today we will just focus on the actual structure.

Why Raise Chickens

Raising a Flock of Chickens

Raising Chickens

When faced with listening to a 4am crowing alarm clock every morning, many people wonder, why raise chickens? Well, hopefully by the end of this article you’ll be asking yourself, why not raise chickens? In truth, there are many reasons why raising chickens is beneficial for you and your family, so let me touch on just a few of them.

  1. The first benefit is food production. I don’t know about you, but I love to eat! And what’s better than having fresh nutritious food available in your own backyard?
  2. Besides the many wonderful eggs your family can enjoy, many people choose specific breeds for the nutritious meat they can provide. It’s fairly inexpensive, and you know exactly what did and did NOT go into your chicken, making it safer and healthier for you and your family to enjoy!
  3. Speaking of fresh food in the backyard, did you know that your chickens can actually help you garden? Yep, its true! Chickens are great at preparing your garden bed by eating down the vegetation and fertilizing the soil with their manure. Plus you get the added bonus of healthier, happier chickens and a lower feed cost. Talk about a win-win!
  4. Here’s another win-win, raising chickens instills responsibilty. Whether you tractor, free range, or coop your chickens, they’re going to require some light maintenance. Watering, feeding and collecting eggs are great ways to get your little ones (and the whole family for that matter) involved in caring for livestock, and teaching them work ethic at the same time.
  5. Finally, chickens can make great pets too. Believe it or not, chickens have a personality all their own, and you’ll be surprised how often you’ll catch yourself watching and interacting with these lively creatures. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself smiling when you hear that 4am alarm clock crowing, because it will remind you of the beautiful creatures that await you outside.

Choosing a Chicken Breed

Various Chicken Breeds

Choosing a Chicken Breed

Chickens come in all shapes, color, sizes … and purposes. Did you know that selecting the type of chicken breed to raise in your backyard depends on what you want to get from them? There are basically three groups of chickens to select from according to purpose: laying hens, meat chickens and dual purpose chickens.

Each of these groups of chickens is bred according to a specific use. It is important before choosing a chicken breed to determine what kind of product you want to get from your chickens and raise the variety that can best give you what you need.

A working knowledge about chicken breeds is going to be very helpful in for the beginner. A visit to a chicken raiser in your area to ask him about the different breeds as well as their specific characteristics will really pay off. Most of those who are raising chickens will be very happy to help beginners start raising chickens. If there is no one raising chickens in your area, there is a lot of information which you can get from your local library or the Internet. In fact, if you read through this article you are going to get useful information about choosing a chicken breed.

Dual Purpose Chickens

Dual Purpose Chickens, VariousBreeds

Dual Purpose Chickens

Dual Purpose Chickens are the best egg laying hens combined with the best meat chickens. The truth of the matter is that there are plenty of chicken breeds that are good for both purposes.  As the name itself suggests, they have two-fold purpose of being the best laying hens and meat chickens.

Raising Chicks

Raising Chicks, Baby Chickens

 Raising Chicks

Chicks are cute little things. They are so cuddly that when you see them in a hatchery or a feed store, there is always that urge to raise chicks. Or, you have collected those eggs, have incubated them and now they are starting to hatch one by one and you are at a loss as to what to do. At any rate, buying or hatching chicks before you know what to do with them is always a bad idea. Raising chicks can be simple, however you must have the knowledge before you begin. You need to prepare for their needs before hand if you want to give them a chance at survival.