Stock Your Flock

Mar 20, 2020
Megan Hasenour | Marketing Communications Manager

If you ask a current flock raiser why they raise chickens, you will most likely receive an answer filled with passion. Chickens and birds alike give flock raisers across the county wholesome, nutritious eggs and meat. They give us all more than that too. Some flock raisers may say they have a connection with their flock, and their flock can even make them laugh and brighten their day. They may also say that their lovable birds have their own personality. When collecting eggs or butchering the meat, flock raisers are filled with the pride of producing their own food and the confidence of knowing their food is backyard to table, aka: Farm to Table.

One of the most prominent benefits of a backyard flock is that you can produce your own food. Poultry breeds are divided primarily into three groups: egg layers, meat producers and show birds. When cared for properly and fed a nutritionally-complete diet, one bird can produce up to 300 eggs per year or produce quality meat for your family.

Backyard flocks are sometimes referred to as “Pets with Benefits”. A backyard flock often becomes a part of the family. These new family members are a simple way to self-sufficiently care for your family, yard and garden.

Flocks can be housed in a coop with an outdoor run or allowed to roam free-range. Make sure before you obtain your flock check with your local city ordnance and outdoor space law or regulations. Either coop with outdoor run or free-range, birds strengthen the health of the soil by tilling the earth with their feet and beaks and naturally fertilizing the lawn. Birds also eat bugs, which mitigates the insect population in your yard.

A backyard flock is a popular project for the whole family. A backyard flock can teach children and adults alike where their food comes from and instills lifelong lessons of dedication and responsibility. Before purchasing your first chicks, make sure everyone involved understands how baby chicks grow into egg layers or meat birds. Then when the chicks arrive, work as a family team to care for the flock – from baby chick care to egg collection.

In addition to meat, eggs and entertainment, many flock raisers also enjoy exhibiting their birds at the county 4-H fair. Judges assign birds to a score using a point system for physical characteristics that include: body confirmation, color and feather quality.

Are you ready to get started with your backyard flock? Click on our PDF for breeds and pricing.
To Order your Chicks call: 812-482-6445, option 2.


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