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Butchering Chickens, The Basics

Butchering Chickens, The Basics

In a highly urbanized society such as the one we live in, we often depend on the grocery stores or supermarkets for our food needs. However, as more light is shed on how meat is commercially produced, the conditions the animals are subjected to, and the chemicals given to them before they make it to our table, we are getting more enlightened. Now, more and more people have come to realize that it is much better to grow our own meat chickens and butcher them ourselves. This way, we know what goes into the food we’re eating.

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.

History of the Backyard Chicken

The History of the Backyard Chicken

It’s been a long road for the domestic chicken. What were once colorful jungle fowl foraging in the leaf litter of a tropical forest have become laying hens and broilers bred selectively to produce eggs and meat for a huge global market.

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.

Best Meat Chickens to Raise at Home

Meat Chickens

Best Meat Chickens to Raise at Home

Nothing tastes as tender and as delicious as the best meat chickens raised at home. Not only are they delectable, they are often preferred by many of those trying to lose weight because chicken is very healthy if not fried and when the skin is removed. If you’re a regular patron of fried chicken, buffalo wings or curried chicken, wouldn’t it be a great to raise the best chickens for meat right in your very own backyard? You’d have the advantage of having fresh meat whenever you want and the comfort of knowing what it is exactly your dinner is made of.

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.

Selecting the Right Chicken Feed

Selecting the Right Chicken Feed

If you want your chickens to grow strong and healthy, you need to supply the correct type of chicken feed. What you feed your chickens can affect the overall chicken health, physical appearance, egg production, and the quality of meat that they give you.

Aseel Chicken Breed, 5000 Years Old

Aseel chicken breed picture

Aseel Chicken Breed

The Aseel chicken breed is the oldest known chicken breed of game fowl. The Aseel chicken breed was bred in India for cock fighting over 5000 years ago. The word “Aseel” is a Hindu word meaning “high born” or “aristocratic”. The princes of India kept the Aseel chicken breed for their pugnacious qualities.