Chicks = Fertilizer & Bug Patrol

The little Buff Orpington chicks arrived and I’m pretty excited about this breed.

I’ve raised them before and if memory serves me correct they’re a pretty peaceful chicken.

I prefer raising one breed of chicken verses a variety, this way if I decide to incubate or let the hens brood I know what my off spring will be.

We raise chickens for self reliance and we’re hoping the Buff Orpingtons will be the winner after trying to many others in the past.

They’re typically raised for eggs but are also good for meat.

Using Their Fertilizer

Another benefit to raising chickens is the fertilizer.  I order my chicks online and this time I only purchased twenty-five.  They’ll be indoors for two weeks before heading out to the mobile shelter.

I like to use hay for their bedding because once it’s all mucked I can use it in the garden.  It’s a fantastic fertilizer for raised beds.

When these chicks head outdoors they’ll continue to fertilizer everywhere they go leaving us with a nice lush farm, fertilized the most natural way possible.

Bug Patrol

If you’ve ever been to the country in Texas during the summer you know that grasshoppers are always in abundance, bugs in general come in large quantities here.

The chickens will be a big help to depleting that bug population in addition to fertilizing.

On the farm chickens are raised as natural as possible for bug patrol and natural fertilizer.

This is incorporated with a free range lifestyle where they have a fenced in 4 acre farm to roam. Then at night they snuggle up in their mobile chicken coop.

For me knowing where our food comes from is important; by serving fresh eggs and farm raised meat year round we also feel healthier. What chicken breed do you recommend for dual purpose?

7 comments

  1. Patty Sumner says:

    Carole… I will be doing my coop for pure enjoyment…lol I am excited to learn from you… I am looking for some barnwood to begin my coop…I want eggs…You are going to laugh but I intend to name my chickens after "church ladies" I have known in our years of ministry..:) If I raise chickens for only eggs.. what are the best breeds? Do you order your chicks or buy local? I look forward to reaping from all your knowledge…. Thanks for this post.. Blessings!

    1. You might look on craigslist for barnwood – that would be fun to work with. Naming chickens is neat – we're just trying to do the whole self sufficient thing so it doesn't work. However some of my sheep ewes have names and that's fun! Love it though after the church ladies wait till the chicks get a little older to name because you can match personalities. Breeds for eggs- I like araucanas – they lay green, blue and yellowish shell eggs. I also like polish not the best layers but consistent with about 3 eggs per week. Great personalities and a quieter bird. Another favorite would be the buffs, they're great egg layers and pretty docile. Those would be my favorite breeds because they work well in the garden. (Less destructive if you free range too) I buy my chicks online because I when I buy I purchase bulk and one breed type. Sometimes you can buy chicks from craigslist or if you have any trade days or down south we call them flea markets. Some are better than others. Places like tractor supply will have chicks in the spring but they don't normally sort them by breeds. Hope that helps – super neat to chat with you – Love your energy it comes through in your writing. -Carole

  2. We love raising chickens. It's a bit of work to keep things clean but totally worth it. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Chickens can be fun I discovered quail this spring and have put more attention on them in my garden. Both have so many great benefits on our farm. Thanks for stopping by to share. -Carole

  3. Anonymous says:

    I recently found your blog and really enjoy your practical insights. We don't raise chickens, but our neighbor has Rhode Island Reds. He gets them at the farm auction and some are hens that were used in egg production but are no longer at their peak. He seems to get a decent amount of eggs from them (enough for a small family.) It is kind of sad that some of the hens have permanent scarring on their necks because before he got them they were kept solely in small coops and could only stretch out their heads, not turn around or move much. I share your philosophy of getting food locally if you can't raise it yourself. We get meat, chicken and eggs from a farm close by, that raises grass-fed beef, heritage breed pork, lambs and chickens. It is more out of pocket than shopping at the supermarket but we know the farmers and that they are using humane methods, and we feel we are eating healthy, high quality food. My son is currently a Peace Corps volunteer and he just told us he learned to kill a chicken, since chickens are only sold alive where he is posted. Not too many young people who have not grown up on farms have that experience any more.

    1. Thanks for sharing – one of the biggest reasons we purchase our small farm was to teach our kiddos a more self sufficient lifestyle before they headed out into the world. I find that where it might be a little more expensive to eat healthier in the long it's actually comparable because we spend way less time being sick and going to the doctor is rare. That's awesome you've chosen to support local farmers – I love that and I know for me when I eat fresh farm raised I have more energy. I agree sad how many animals and poultry are raised, it actually bothers me because I don't understand how anyone can think it's natural. Recently watched Food Inc – took me awhile to go there and I decided to focus on the positives and be thankful for knowing better. – Was nice to hear from you. -Carole

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