To Be or Not to Be-Chickens! Last we talked about whether you really should raise chickens or not, though they are relative easy to keep compared with other types of farm animals raising them isn’t a total walk in the park. Now that we’ve looked not only at the pro’s to the endeavor but also the con’s it’s time to climb another rung on ladder. Next step what sort of chicken do I want to raise, layers or perhaps just meat birds, some actually raise just one or the other and then again others raise both for a fresh supply of eggs and tender, juicy, hormone free delicious home grown chicken meat. Continue reading Chicken breeds, which is right?→
Should I be raising chickens?
Host: Lynna “A Preppers Path”
Chickens, the egg before the hen or the hen before the egg? An age ole question and at this stage of the game does it matter? Chickens lay eggs and eggs turn into chickens, both are good tasting and nutritious and are the key to the show “Chickens to be or not to be” on the Other Side of a Preppers Path. In a short series of shows we will travel down the path of raising chickens. Our first installment is aptly titled “ To be or not to be, should I be raising chickens?” Continue reading Should I be raising chickens?→
Quail: The low-key source of eggs and meat with no land required!
Raising Quail with guest, Autumnprepper
Host: Renée “The Homestead Honey Hour”
Square foot gardening, vertical gardening, container gardening, edible landscaping and other innovative horticultural, techniques have made raising at least part of one’s own food achievable for many people. However, when it comes to having a sustainable protein source (beyond beans), the urban and suburban prepper / homesteader is often at a disadvantage. City dwellers or those in the ‘burbs may find they have restrictive zoning and/or a lack of land working against them when it comes to keeping a few laying hens or other livestock. But there is a solution. You just have to think outside the box. . . and smaller: Enter the Quail. Continue reading Raising Quail with guest, Autumnprepper→
With the cost of eggs and chicken in the stores, and the uncertainty of exactly where they came from or what they have been fed, I’d like to start raising my own chickens. But unlike gardening, I know very little about chickens. I know barbecue wings with ranch dressing make a great snack. And I know that I don’t like my yolks runny. Beyond that, I’m clueless. I have so many questions. What breed is best for egg layers? What breed is best for meat? What is the best method for raising them…free range or a coop? How well do the chicken tractors work? Are there any foods that a chicken shouldn’t eat? How do you take care of them in the winter? I could do some research online and maybe get some answers. But I’d prefer to hear from someone with first-hand experience.
Well, help has arrived! To get questions to these answers and many more, I have enlisted the help of Paul Wheaton. Many of you may know Paul from his extensive list of YouTube videos about rocket stoves. Here is his channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/paulwheaton12 others may know him from his permaculture forum… http://www.permies.com/ where they discuss everything from vermicomposting, greenhouses, hugelkultur, to rocket mass heaters and chickens. Paul has years of experience in raising chickens of many breeds, and has a wealth of knowledge that should be of benefit to anyone considering raising their own chickens. Join us on this edition of “Preparing to Provide” for what promises to be a very informative and entertaining discussion about all things pertaining to chickens.