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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.


An Aruacana chick (24 days old) decides that the top of the waterer is the place to be.
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This is one of our laying hens for 2005-6, an Auracana hen at 20 weeks; she had not started laying at that point.
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This is one of our laying hens for 2005-6, a Leghorn hen at 23 weeks; she had been laying for three and a half weeks at that point.
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This is one of our laying hens for 2005-6, a Red Sex-Linked hen at 24 weeks; she had been laying for about a week at that point.
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Cornish Rock chicks at 3 days old.
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This is Blackie, one of our laying hens for 2005-2006.  She is an Auracana and layed gold-colored eggs.
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This is Poonanner, one of our laying hens for 2005-2006.  She is a half-breed (half Auracana and half Red Sex-Linked) and layed brown eggs.
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A two-level chicken condo that we built from scrap plywood and an old set of stairs.
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Our first rooster, a Rhode Island Red.
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A Leghorn, an Auracana, and a Rhode Island Red roost for the night in a pine tree... how's *that* for free-range?
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A Leghorn, an Auracana, and a Rhode Island Red roost for the night in a pine tree... how's *that* for free-range?
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Three Rhode Island Reds from the 2006-2007 laying season.
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