When we first moved to our property in 2015, we had over 15 acres of land to utilize, and since the property was once used to raise cattle and other animals by Michelle's grandparents, it made sense for us to do the same for our family.
Chickens were the first animals on our farm. After building a coop and pen, we brought home five hens. We were officially farmers!
Over the years, we've added to our flock, hatched our own chicks, and even added more poultry to the mix such as quail and ducks. Needless to say, we love having chickens. They are the perfect start to a homestead given their hardiness and low maintenance and not to mention the fresh eggs we get daily!
You don't have to own a lot of land to raise chickens. Chickens are a small bird, therefore, do not require a lot of space. The general rule of thumb is 10 square feet per chicken for their pen (run) and 4 square feet per chicken for their coop (henhouse).
Chickens love to eat! Keep their waterers and feeders full at all times.
Chickens will lay their first eggs at 18-24 weeks old and will produce for 1-2 years. Chicken eggs are low in calories, light and savory