How Many Chickens Per Acre?

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Free-range hens on spring grass on my farm.

What’s the maximum number of hens I can keep per acre? And what’s the downside of exceeding this? Why do I get answers all the way from one to a thousand? And, for that matter, what are the best tips for keeping free-range chickens?

After all, it’s discouraging when your chickens turn their nice grass range into a sea of mud. Here’s how to avoid this. Read more...

Practical Chicken Feeding Tips

There’s so much hype around nutrition these days that it’s easy to lose track of the basics. I’ve heard of poultry farmers who wanted to feed their poultry “naturally” and did so by feeding them nothing but whole organic grain — and were surprised when their poultry (turkeys, in this case) started keeling over and dying. But chicken feed is easy, right? What went wrong? Read more...

Day-Old Baby Chick Checklist: How to Prepare For Them and Care For Them

 beth_and_baby_chicks_smThe Most Comprehensive Baby Chick Checklist Anywhere!

Raising day-old baby chicks isn’t hard, and is delightful when everything turns out right. but doing it right involves a number of steps. You’ll have more success and fewer surprises if you use this handy checklist to stay on track.

Where Do These Tips Come From?

Success With Baby Chicks by Robert PlamondonThis checklist is adapted from my book, Success With Baby Chicks, available in paperback and as an eBook. Many items in the checklist refer to the individual chapters in the book that will give you lots of detailed information. Read more...

Your Chickens in September [2014 Newsletter]

Baby Chicks in September? Seriously? And Lights for Hens

Robert Plamondon’s Poultry Newsletter, Sept 2014

News From the Farm

Baby chicks drinking near brooderWe’re in the busiest time of the year, but things are moving along pretty well. Our pastured pigs haven’t escaped for a while. Egg production is holding steady. The local predators seem to be finding their food elsewhere. The weather is hot and dry, and the grass is browning off, but this brief excursion from Western Oregon’s trademark “cool, damp, and green” is normal. Read more...