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Getting up and Running a Backyard Chicken Farm in 21 days

Beginner's Backyard Chickens

Starting and running a small backyard chicken farm is actually pretty easy, and you can get up and running—from scratch—in about three weeks (this is, of course, assuming you don't have to get some sort of legal permission to raise chickens; see chapter 10). Of course, it's possible that you'll run into some kind of complication, but this schedule should give you plenty of time to form a plan, buy or build the equipment you need, and prepare your yard. Then you'll get your first chickens, and you'll officially be a backyard chicken farmer! That’s when the fun really begins.via OffGridToday

The schedule below will get you from zero to five chickens or so in 21 days. Keep in mind that the more chickens you're aiming for, the more work and time it will take. This plan should get you up to ten birds or so pretty easily, but once you're talking about a flock bigger than that, you'll need more space, a bigger coop, and more equipment, so it might take a bit longer. However, a small flock is pretty easy to prepare for, and you shouldn't have a problem using this schedule.

Day 1: Start drafting your plan.

Day 3: Finish your plan.

Day 4: Call your local city council, zoning board, or health and safety organization to make sure there are no regulations against raising chickens in your neighborhood.

Day 5: Talk to your neighbors (and, if necessary, bribe them with the promise of eggs).

Day 6: Order a pre-fabricated coop or get the materials needed to build a coop.

Day 8: Start researching chicken breeds.

Day 10: Find a local poultry store or a pet store with chicken supplies.

Day 11: Decide on the breed/s of chicken you will be raising, and begin researching how you will acquire them.

Day 12 / 13: Start setting up your coop (minor landscaping, clearing your yard, setting up the foundation, etc.).

Day 14: Finish construction of the coop.

Day 15: Order your chickens! (Or call a local hatchery or farmer.)*

Day 17: Buy the supplies you need (fount, feeder, feed, incubating and hatching equipment, etc.).

Day 18: Ensure that your yard is prepared (clear of debris, garden fenced).

Day 20: Receive your chickens!

Day 21: You're done! You're officially raising chickens in your backyard.

This is a good place for me to note, very early on: you only want hens. You don't need a rooster for hens to lay eggs, and roosters are big and really loud. It's likely that it's against the law to keep roosters in your neighborhood, and your neighbors will be very unhappy with you if there's crowing early in the morning. This isn't just a guideline, but a rule. No roosters. More of these info on Amazon.com/Beginners-Backyard-Chickens-Chicken-Illustrated-ebook/dp/B00D4IVSBU

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