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Chickens are a key component of any homestead livestock program, and are an easy way to get started raising your own meat, with eggs as a bonus if you keep a flock of laying hens. We got started with chickens in 2004 buying limited numbers of chicks from the local feed store, then graduated to buying day-old chicks direct from hatcheries, 25 birds at a time. Today we keep a rooster and incubate our own eggs instead of buying chicks; we have the facilities to raise a run of chickens to adulthood in isolation from our main flock.


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Some of our new chickens for 2005; the two on the left are 4-day-old Leghorns and the two on the right are 11-day-old Red Sex-Linked chicks.
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Some of our new chickens for 2005; the two on the outside are 4-day-old Leghorns and the two in the middle are 11-day-old Red Sex-Linked chicks.
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Some of our new chickens for 2005; the two yellow chicks are 8-day-old Leghorns and the two reddish chicks are 15-day-old Red Sex-Linked chicks.
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Some of the new birds for 2005 check out their future home, the big chicken house, while their brooder box is being cleaned.
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Four-day old Auracana chicks, some of our new birds for 2005.
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Two 22-day-old Leghorn chicks (the yellow ones) and two 29-day-old Red Sex-Linked chicks in the chicken tractor on their third day outdoors.
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A 22-day-old Leghorn chick (left) and a 29-day-old Red Sex-Linked chick (right) in the chicken tractor on their third day outdoors.
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Two 22-day-old Leghorn chicks (on perch) and two 29-day-old Red Sex-Linked chicks (on ground) in the chicken tractor on their third day outdoors.
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Two Red Sex-Linked (at 6 1/2 weeks) and two Leghorns (at 5 1/2 weeks) perch in their new shelter, which was constructed almost exclusively from salvaged materials.
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