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How to Raise Chickens for Eggs?

Whether you are looking to open an egg business or just enjoy a backyard flock, it is helpful to know what is involved in raising chickens for eggs before you start. Thanks to the rising popularity of “urban” and “backyard” chickens, there is a lot of information available about beginning your chicken journey, but it can also be overwhelming. At least if you are unprepared. We have put together this comprehensive resource to help you get started.

Before You Begin

The first consideration before planning for your flock is to check local ordinances. Depending on your area, chickens may not be allowed or the number of chickens in your flock may be limited. If you live in an area zoned agricultural this won’t be a problem. But if you live in a typical residential zone area then more often than not the limit is going to be six hens at most. You will also want to make sure that your property has enough space for a coop and space for the chickens to graze, whether in an enclosed area or around your yard.

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Raising Chickens

I raised my chickens from the time the chicks were a day old. Many we have hatched ourselves. The main things that I looked into before getting started to ensure that the chicks grow into healthy chickens were housing, caring for chickens, and free range considerations.