February 22, 2012

Raising Backyard Chickens

(Photo from Pinterest)

Have you noticed more and more people with homes in suburban areas are getting chickens? When I drive around, I notice the number of chicken coops in backyards. I think it is great that so many people are becoming more self-reliant! Chickens are a great source of food. Both for their meat and their eggs.

If you are interested in finding out more about raising chickens, there are a couple of low cost classes that Utah State University Extension office is offering. The first one is in Utah County on February 29. It is only $3 if you register early. The second one is on March 22 in Weber County and is $10. Both classes should be a lot of fun to go to! Make sure to register early so you can reserve your spot!
I am not an expert on raising chickens. Actually, we don't even have any, yet. But, one of these days, we will build a coop and raise chickens for their eggs. (And, to teach our kids to work.) My husband and I have read a lot of books on them, and we are excited for this class! Maybe that chicken coop will be built this year after all!

If you want to read a short article from the USU Extention about the basics of raising chickens, go here.
And, if you live too far away for these chicken classes, you can check out these fact sheets that Utah State University Extension has put together. There is some great information there!

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Raising your own food {It Makes Cents!}

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