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GRIT Guide To Backyard Chickens

2/8/2010 9:22:00 AM

Tags: GRIT, chickens, poultry, farms, eggs

GRIT Editor Hank Will at the wheel of his 1964 IH pickup.Get them while they’re hot – off the press that is. Last December, while most folks were dreaming about Christmas and all the days off they were going to enjoy with family and loved ones, the GRIT crew was busy putting together our Guide to Backyard Chickens. This first special issue launches the magazine’s Country Skills Series, which will cover topics that you all help prioritize.

GRIT’s Guide to Backyard Chickens is a one-of-a-kind reference book that contains the latest and greatest information on how to get your backyard flock started and how to keep the eggs and meat coming. If you live in town, no worries, we have sections devoted toGuide To Backyard Chickens keeping smaller flocks inside the city limits and even included step by step instructions on how to approach your municipal government in towns where chicken keeping is not legal. So if you fancy yourself an urban farmer or city farmer, the Guide to Backyard Chickens has you covered. Likewise, if you live out where the pavement ends, and don’t have any legal issues to contend with, our Guide to Backyard Chickens takes you through the steps for incubating fertile eggs, receiving and brooding day old chicks, building chicken coops and so much more.

Worried about bird health and protection from predators? GRIT’s Guide to Backyard Chickens offers expert advice on how to keep diseases out of your flock and provides detailed information on how to keep predators of all kinds from picking off your poultry. If you wonder about how chickens might help control ticks and other pests and help build rich garden soil, then you will definitely want to read GRIT’s Guide to Backyard Chickens. This new book also includes 25 time-tested and delicious recipes covering everything from for using up excess eggs to creating mouthwatering chicken burgers.

GRIT’s Guide to Backyard Chickens goes on sale tomorrow at Tractor Supply stores, Sam’s Club and select bookstores nationwide. If you can’t find the title at your local book seller or newsstand, you can purchase it directly from us – right here.

Hank Will raises hair sheep, heritage cattle and many varieties of open-pollinated corn with his wife, Karen, on their rural Osage County, Kansas farm. His home life is a perfect complement to his professional life as editor in chief at GRIT and Capper's Farmer magazines. Connect with him on .

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Dennis Daryl Shamblin
12/12/2010 7:58:48 PM
I enjoy reading your website. Please check out mine.

Marie Devine_1
2/19/2010 9:43:47 AM
Our nation and world are destroying the world with the employment lifestyle. Chickens and goats with fruit trees and vegatables plants can allow us to retire to a garden paradise lifestyle that solves the world problems at the same time. We only need enough to feed our family and to share. It is the greatest security; we can take people into our home if there is an abundance of free food. Without it, nothing else matters. God really does have an abundant life for us when we rest from our damaging lifestyle. For those who have lost their jobs; fear not. Life is easier than we have made it.

Hank Will_2
2/15/2010 8:39:17 AM
Hey Ken -- Thanks for the kind words, I appreciate them. When I started out, I used the same chicken house but eventually I moved the hens to their own facility and set of yards (I rotated them over about 2 acres through the season) because the broilers were seasonal and required more space. With the numbers you are considering, I would just use one facility although you might offer pasture or lawn to both groups during the growing season. The exercise will do your broilers good and give the meat better texture. The grass will make the egg yolks dark orange. You might also want to figure out a way to rest your chicken yard after the broilers are processed. If you can isolatate the area, you can plant open-pollinated corn or milo to suck up some of the nitrogen and then let your laying hens back in once it is up. Or you can cut and shred the plant material and move it to your vegetable garden as a clean way to transfer the nutrients. Lots of ways to work this one out, but mostly I would encourage you to get it going and see how it plays out. Thanks again. Hank

2/13/2010 1:52:53 PM
Hank, I haved enjoyed your stories and knowledge, thank-you. A quick question about raising chickens.... I'm planning to build a new coop need to size it correctly. I want to keep 8-10 egg layers year-round, plus an additional 20 broilers each spring and fall. Should I size my coop / run to shelter the hens plus the season flock of broilers (30 birds times 4 sq ft per bird) or house the 2 groups seperately? Thanks, Ken

Hank Will_2
2/12/2010 5:36:26 PM
Hey MountainWoman. Thanks so much for your kind words. The entire GRIT crew is really proud of how this project turned out. As a passionate poultry person, I really hope we turn on thousands of folks to the joys of fancying feathered friends. Thanks so much, Hank.

Mountain Woman
2/11/2010 1:39:44 PM
Thank you so much for this book. My chicks and turkeys will be arriving in May and I have lots to learn. Also thanks for your helpful comment on Facebook as well. I can't wait to get my copy.

Mountain Woman
2/11/2010 1:38:56 PM
Thank you so much for this book. My chicks and turkeys will be arriving in May and I have lots to learn. Also thanks for your helpful comment on Facebook as well. I can't wait to get my copy.

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