With the economy in the shape it is in and the job market in shambles, a movement is beginning to take place across America. This movement is Urban Farming. People are becoming aware and are making the decisions to become more and more self-sufficient.
The decision to raise ones food is an easy one to make. How often have you looked at the food in the grocery store and wondered “Who has touched this meat before me?” or “I hate opening up these cartons to see if any eggs are broken.”
These questions lead us to one area of the Urban Farm, Poultry. Now, when I say poultry I mean Chickens. Today there is a huge increase in the number of people raising chickens in their backyards. I understand that you are thinking about stepping into raising chickens. Before you do, there a few things you need to know.
There are 2 ways to start. You can buy chicks or pullets. Chicks are freshly born within a month or so. They take a bit more care to grow into an egg layer. This can take up to 5 or 6 months. Pullets are young hens generally under 1 year in age. Pullets will pretty much start laying eggs within a month. Both can be purchased from local feed stores in the early spring or bought online and they will be delivered through the post office.
When Buying chickens make sure you do not buy a rooster. If you do your neighbors will send you all kinds of love when they are awakened every day at sunrise. If you are looking for eggs only then go with hens only. About the best place I have found to buy chickens online is Mcmurray hatchery. I have used them and found their service to be excellent.
If you have children and involve them in the raising of these birds, you will notice that chickens are one pet that the kids do not normally have to be told to go take care of. They will happily take care of them on their own.