Raising Chickens 101

Have you ever considered raising chickens in your backyard, but are feeling hesitant to take the plunge? No fear, we are here to help every (very easy) step of the way.

Screen Shot 2014-01-19 at 8.07.08 PMChickens are among the best pets you can have… they provide you with tons of fresh, delicious eggs, as well as one of the best fertilizers known to man; they have unique personalities and are guaranteed to make you laugh; and put themselves to sleep at night. Not to mention that they will permanently solve the problem of what to do with the half bowl of cereal that your child left from breakfast that has now turned into a soggy lump (chickens love table scraps!)

Convinced? Head into NewFarm and we will help you plan for your future flock. At our “Ideas Bar” you will find multiple books on designing chicken coops that you can browse for ideas. Keep in mind when designing a coop that each bird should have 3-4 square feet of space inside the house, 5-6 square feet in the run (more if they are always kept confined), and there should be one nest box for every 4-5 laying hens. Also remember that keeping chickens is addictive… once you get started it is very possible that you will want to add to your flock down the road so it is always best to build a little on the large side right from the beginningScreen Shot 2014-01-19 at 8.02.03 PM. Once you are ready to choose your birds, we have information about a wide variety of chicken breeds to help you pick the variety (or varieties) that are right for you. So what are you waiting for? Stop by the store today and let’s get started.