Chickens are the one animal most homesteaders start with and I think that the reason is that they are relatively easy to raise and that your return on investment is pretty big.
On this page, you can find all the information that I have here on the blog about raising chickens.
How to Build a Chicken Coop From Pallet Wood
I built this chicken coop from pallet wood from pallets that I collected for free from different places. In this post, I show you how I built it step by step. It was very affordable even though it's a large, walk-in coop that can house many chickens.
Raising Cornish Cross Chickens for Meat
My first experience with meat chickens was with Cornish Cross which is the most common breed of meat chickens. They are ready to butcher in 8-9 weeks and relatively easy to raise. In this post, we talk about breeds of meat chickens, where to order, and what to do from the moment you get your chicks to butchering time.
10 Reasons to Raise Black Australorp Chickens
After raising the Cornish Cross breed for meat I decided that it would work better for me to raise a dual-purpose breed. I was looking for hens that can raise their own chicks and save me the work. In my research, I found the Black Australorps. I've been raising them for years and feel no need to look for a different breed. In this post, I give you my reasons for loving this breed so much.
How to Clip Chicken Wings - When and How to Do It
For the longest time, I tried to let my chickens free-range but they were ruining the garden and scratching everywhere. I finally decided to fence them so I could plant some flowers and make this place a bit more beautiful. When they kept flying out of the fence I had to clip their wings. It's a simple solution, very easy to do, and does not hurt the bird.
How to Butcher a Chicken
If you are considering raising meat chickens there will come a time that you'll have to butcher those chickens. This can be intimidating for some, especially the killing part, but I promise that after doing it a couple of time you'll feel like a pro. In this post, I take you on a step by step picture tutorial on how to butcher a chicken. By the end of this post, you'll know exactly how to do this.
How to Skin a Chicken Step by Step
When butchering a chicken, you are faced with the option to pluck the feathers or skin the chicken. I used to always pluck my chickens but I've tried skinning instead a few times and I have to say that I think that I am now preferring it over plucking. In this post, I'll show you how to skin a chicken and share with you why I prefer doing it instead of plucking.
Canning Chicken Step by Step
Canning chicken at home is easier than you think. I choose to use the hot pack method which means that I cook my chicken before I fill the jars and process it in the pressure canner. In this tutorial, I'll show you step by step how to can chicken meat at home safely.
Simple Liver and Onions Recipe
When I butcher my chickens I always save the liver and the heart. They are delicious and healthy parts of the chicken that I cook with lots of onions to make a delicious liver and onions dish (I usually throw in the hearts too). I grew up on this dish and to this day it's a favorite family recipe.
Super Easy Roasted Chicken in Salt
Do you know the juicy, delicious, soft meat - crispy skin, rotisserie chicken that you get at the grocery store? Well, there is a way to make it at home and you won't believe how easy it is! The secret is salt. Lots and lots of salt but not on the chicken but around it. I'll show you how to do it in this recipe post.
Healthy Shakshuka Recipe
Shakshuka is another Mediterranean egg dish that is the perfect food for the homesteader. I make it all the time but it's at its best when I can use fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, onions and garlic all from the garden. In other words, it's a delicious summer festival in a skillet!
Southwest Chicken Chili
This Southwest chicken chili recipe is easy to put together. It’s healthy and filling. I make it with fresh tomatoes, corn, and beans that marry beautifully with the shredded chicken. The thing that I love most about it is tht all the ingredients can come right from the homestead!