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2011 chicken experiment conclusions

Me and Mark in a newspaper article

This is the first year that we've wholeheartedly experimented with chickens, and I learned a huge well as figuring out how much more we have to learn.  We began the year with four old hens and a rooster, ate the rooster when he started attacking me, progressed through four sets of chicks of varying breeds, and will go into winter with an entirely new flock of ten hens and one or two roosters.

In the process, I've started to wrap my mind about the best ways to incubate, brood, and pasture chickens.  I've consumed chicken-related books and websites, kept lots of notes on how the chickens acted on the ground, and generally pondered chickens at great length.  Be sure to check back at lunchtime for the next two weeks to read about my experiments!

Our chicken waterer is an experiment that works --- clean water for your flock the easy way.

This post is part of our 2011 Chicken Experiments lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Comment by Maggie Mon Oct 3 16:31:04 2011
I'll be keeping an eye out for your chicken info. My wife is finally on board with getting chickens. I'm hoping to have them in the Spring. I'm sure your conclusions will be a great help.
Comment by Greg S Tue Oct 4 09:47:32 2011

Maggie --- Glad you enjoyed the photo. :-)

Greg --- Thanks for commenting! Despite the poll I posted a couple of weeks ago, I always figure I'll bore people when I sum up my chicken research....

Good luck with your new flock! I think you'll thoroughly enjoy them.

Comment by anna Tue Oct 4 12:53:32 2011
Chicken research. Can't get enough. Also looking forward to Mr. Ussery's book due this fall. However, at some point, have to just do it. Best to get other projects out of the way first methinks. I'm in homesteading year 3. Cheers.
Comment by Jackie Tue Oct 4 13:30:37 2011
Jackie --- I'm waiting with baited breath for Harvey Ussery's book too! I actually have a copy on the way, but it won't arrive until the end of the week. I'm sure there will be a lunchtime series coming up about it, but I'll probably put a few other ones in between so that the non-chicken keepers won't get bored stiff.
Comment by anna Tue Oct 4 18:36:35 2011

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