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Chickens are the gateways to the homesteading lifestyle for many people. It’s a huge topic to cover, I’ve been writing about my experiences for years and I still have so much more to say!

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I grew up next door to my grandparents who raised chickens for eggs and meat and in 2011 I started my own flock. Today I have a barn full of chickens, guineas, geese, ducks and turkeys.

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Everyone has a different life and different goals; your flock and husbandry will be different than mine and that’s ok. I want to give you all the information you need to make your own choices.

My articles are based on sources I trust and my own experiences. I don’t believe in sugar-coating anything.

I’ll tell you right now this ‘simple life’ activity can be frustrating and heart breaking, but it’s also incredible and amazing.

I can’t think of a better way to start my day than sipping coffee in the back yard watching the chickens be chickens. The first time you collect an egg or hold a freshly hatched chick, you’ll be hooked. I know I was.

Getting Started With Chickens

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Cackle Hatchery Surprise Box

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