On this episode of the Homestead Radio Hour: tune in to learn all about the joys of Backyard Chicken-Keeping! How do you get started? What do you need to know before you bring home those chicks? What should you consider when building a coop? And what is life with chickens really like? Find out why urban homesteaders everywhere, in city and country alike, are keeping chickens in their backyards — and why you should too! Plus, we take calls and questions from Homestead listeners.
See resources below for more info on getting started with backyard chicken-keeping…
Our Virtual Coop Tour : Come visit our chicken coop! Ours came from a friend’s backyard, and there are so many clever little details that we wouldn’t have thought of if we were building from scratch. See them up close on our photo coop tour, and meet our birds!
MyPetChicken.com : A great resource for raising chickens. Don’t miss their free Guide for Chicken Care, which will walk you through caring for your chicks, building a coop, and raising your chickens.
UC Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Catalog & Free Publications : Lots of useful material here on a wide array of farming-related topics, many of which will be of interest to the backyard farmer. Click on “Animal Science” to browse their excellent poultry-related pubications.
BackYardChickens.com : A forum for all kinds of chicken-related discussion: coop design, breeding, illnesses, raising chicks, diet, eggs…
Boorinakis Harper Ranch / Homestead Radio Hour Blog : News from our farm, photos, homestead how-to’s and more.
Organic Codling Moth Control Made Easy : Do you have worms in your apples or pears from your orchard? Then you have codling moths! If you live in the Foothills and you want to get rid of them, now is the time to start doing something. Tom Harper of the B H Ranch tells you how.
The Adventures of Buckwheat the Brave : Yes, you guessed it — Buckwheat is one of our chickens…
Living With Chickens, by Jay Rossier : An ideal introduction to chicken-keeping, covering all stages of the chicken’s life cycle, from hatching and raising chicks to slaughtering for meat (if that’s your eventual intention), as well as coop building and more. (Google Books)
Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens, by Gail Damerow : In-depth instruction on just about everything chicken-related. Everything you need to know and then some! (Google Books)
Building Chicken Coops: Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin, by Gail Damerow : A good, concise overview of coop construction and considerations. (Google Books)