So, you are intrigued by this ranching/homesteading/farming way of life and are kind of wondering if you could do it too…
You don’t really know where to start. All these questions are running through your head.
What animal should you get first? Should you start a garden? Cook from scratch? Start preserving?
My answer would be, start small and grow. Jumping all in with everything is hard…. And you are likely to burn out. Don’t ask me how I know this!😅
So, lets get back to the first question…. What animal should you get first?
In my opinion, one of the best ways to get started is with chickens… for a couple of reasons!
- They don’t require a lot of space, so pretty much anyone could have chickens. I have seen some pretty neat backyard chicken coops!
- Chickens are fairly low maintenance. There are a few easy preventative measures to take to keep them healthy, but for the most part chickens are easy to keep!
- The reward of farm fresh eggs every morning is the best! There is nothing better then heading outside to the chicken coop to collect your breakfast.
On my latest You Tube video I talk all things chickens for beginners! You can watch below.👇🏻
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Finding the right waterer and feed trough that is going to work for you is key. As I explained in the video, I went through a number of them before finding the ones that worked best for me. My focus is on effectiveness and less waste and both of these meet the mark! Here is my favorite feed trough and waterer.
I have some chicks, now how do I care for them?
When I first started, I bought the chicks and then started researching how to care for them. Doing it that way brought on some unnecessary stress and headaches.
One of the articles I read early on was all about how it’s so much easier to prevent then it is to correct once something goes wrong. This is true for all animals and just life in general.
One thing I talk about in the video that I do as a preventative is spreading First Saturday Lime in my entire coop once a month. I buy it on Amazon and have linked it above. It makes a huge difference in keeping bugs and pests out of the coop!
Make sure to watch the full You Tube video to get all my tips!
If you are just getting started and thinking about jumping into chickens, I hope this helped! Being prepared and understanding what you are getting into always helps make the whole process enjoyable.
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