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Raising your own chickens can be fun and beneficial in a number of ways, but it does not come without its challenges. Whether you are just beginning your flock or have been at it for years, the 13th edition of Grit’s Guide to Backyard Chickens provides the expert advice and guidance you need to overcome the everyday hardships of chicken ownership. Inside you’ll find 96 pages of articles written by some of our favorite experts. Topics covered range from how to start raising chickens to preparing your flock for natural disaster, and tips for improving your egg business to techniques for composting your chicken manure. The best part is the advice that you’ll find in this guide is suitable for both rural farmers and urban dwellers — so everyone can join in on the chicken fun!

Articles include:

  • You Can Raise Chickens In Your Backyard: Keep a few hens for nutritious and fresh eggs every morning.
  • Essential Elements for a Predator-Proof Coop: A safe space for your flock means less stress on your birds and more peace of mind for you.
  • Dog Kennel Chicken Tractor: This mobile pen is easy to assemble and move — and sturdy enough to keep your flock well-protected.
  • Birds of a Feather Stop Laying Together: How molting chickens reduce egg production.
  • A History of Geese as Guard Animals: Owning a flock of geese is also a great way to control weeds.
  • Why Raise Heritage Livestock: Such breeds connect us with our past and often can bring a variety of benefits to a farm.
  • Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner: Grill, bake and fry a bird every which way with these homestyle chicken recipes.
  • Southwest Breakfast Pizza: With extra eggs, this delectable delight is great for any meal.

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