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We live in northern Nevada, and our current flock of 46 or so birds is a mix of different breeds, standard size and Bantam birds, hens and roosters that range in age from 6 months to 12 years old. We keep a mixed flock of many different breeds but try to stay away from the more aggressive breeds. Your experience will depend on the temperament of the breed of birds you own, their individual personalities and how they live.

I'm not a big-time breeder or rancher, but some of the things that I do have worked for me for many years, so I’m passing them along.  Your experiences in your part of the world may substantially differ from mine.  Some people might disagree with what I do, and I might disagree with what they suggest.

Ask 5 different chicken people a question, get 6 different answers!

I have raised and owned chickens for eggs and pets in Southern California since I was a child, and I get lots of questions about keeping them happy and healthy. I grew up on a small farm where we had a mixed fruit orchard, a large vegetable garden, horses, chickens, rabbits, turkeys, ducks, guinea pigs and quail. We raised chickens, turkeys and rabbits for meat and eggs, and had a few as pets. On our farm we did most everything ourselves--from building horse corrals to harvesting and canning our own vegetables, fruit and jam, to slaughtering and processing chickens and rabbits for food.

I am a member of many different chicken husbandry forums and have contributed to several nationally published articles on chicken keeping.

I'm glad that I know how to do all of these things, and I commend those who make the choice to raise their own food and meat--it's tastier and healthier than supermarket produce and chicken by far. Being self-sufficient is very fulfilling and empowering, and gives you a true sense of the circle of life and how intimately connected to it we all are. But these days I keep my flock for eggs and entertainment, so that is primarily what this website will focus on. You'll find no butchering instructions here, but you will find info on how to successfully keep baby chicks in a box in the kitchen!

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