Raising Chickens for Beginners

Raising Chickens for Beginners May Seem Like Quite a Challenge. How On Earth Do You Know What to Do or How to Get Started?

There are many benefits to raising backyard chickens such as fresh eggs, fresh meat, backyard pest extermination, and great (free) plant and garden fertilizer.

And of course, the fun of raising your own chickens (Yep, we're repeating ourselves about the benefits of raising chickens. We're gonna do that a lot).

But what if you've never even seen a live chicken?

If you’re new to raising chickens and want someone to help guide you through the steps of how to raise chickens with lots of great information and resources, you’re in the right place.

We're all about raising chickens for beginners!

This site was designed with beginners in mind although we like to think there's something here for everyone that already is or wants to raise chickens.

So why would you even want to raise chickens?

You're probably wondering why on earth anyone would want to raise chicken? 

Great question! Let's look at some of the many reasons why people raise chickensThere are a lot of good reasons as you'll see.

The next step in raising your own little flock of chickens is to do your research and see what is actually involved in owning and raising chickens. 

Happy Sisters with their pet chicken.

When it comes to raising chickens for beginners, we think we have some wonderful pages that are a great place to start with your research.

Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section will answer many of the commonly asked questions.

We also have a Free eBook that covers some of the basics of raising chickens for beginners that you can order here.

Parts of an Egg will bring you up to speed on what makes up the anatomy of an egg (OK, maybe not all that important for beginners to know, but I wanted to know and thought I'd share it with you). 

Chicken Talk for Beginners is an easy to read introduction to chickens and some of their body parts (anatomy).

Understanding the pecking order of your flock and how you fit in is also good stuff to know when learning how to raise chickens.

Our Glossary is filled with many commonly used terms in raising and caring for chickens. 

Raising Chickens for Beginners isn't as complicated as you might think once you get the basics down. In fact, many of the aspects of raising chickens can easily be done by children as well as elderly family members.

Once you've done a little homework and have begun to be a little more familiar with the basics and commonly used terminology, you can begin to explore some of the different aspects of learning how to raise chickens as well as some of the different roles that chickens can fulfill in your chosen lifestyle.

And of course, the role you want your chickens to fulfill will determine the type and breeds that you'll want to get. We've put together a list of our top 5 favorite backyard chickens.

A Really Great Resource that we're proud to be a member of is the American Poultry Association (APA).

They have a bunch of really good information on all kinds of poultry related stuff. They're the oldest poultry association in the U.S. going back to 1873. You can join as an individual for only $20.00 per year. 

Getting Started

For beginners there are three options when it comes to starting your flock;

Each option has its advantages and disadvantages depending on your outlook and reasons for choosing to raise chickens.

Once you've decided on which route you want to go in starting your flock, you’ll be in a better position to know what supplies you’ll need to successfully raise happy, healthy chickens.

Depending on your choice, you may need some of the following common items to raise and care for your flock.

You’ll also want to make sure that you have the time required to care for your flock especially if you choose to hatch your own fertilized eggs or buy baby chicks. 

Additionally, you'll want to be sure you have space to house and care for your flock, as well as verifying that having chickens is legal in your community. You can do that here.

In many cities where it is legal to raise chickens, there is a limit to the number of chickens you may own and in many cities where chicken ownership is permitted, keeping roosters is not permitted due to their noisiness and aggressiveness.

Raising and caring for chickens is an enjoyable, popular activity for the whole family (including the kids) that just seems to continue to grow in popularity, And for good reasons! It offers so many great benefits and by happy coincidence tends to bring families closer while providing those benefits.


Welcome to the fun and enjoyable world of Families Raising Chickens! We wish you and your family many hours of enjoyment with your new family members.

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